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Cooking with Susie Q – Week of June 15, 2020

HOULTON, Maine — I hear from a couple of you asking for, and sending in recipes using rhubarb.  I am sharing these this week and hope to hear from you soon. Enjoy!

Early records of rhubarb in America identify an unnamed Maine gardener as having obtained seed or root stock from Europe in the period between 1790-1800. He introduced it to growers in Massachusetts where its popularity spread and by 1822 it was sold in produce markets.

 Be safe and hopefully we will be able to gather together again, soon! Of course its “roots” would be found here in Maine.

 

Connie’s Rhubarb Bread

1 1/2 C brown sugar, packed

2/3 C oil.

1 egg

1 C buttermilk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 C flour.

2 C diced rhubarb-unpeeled

1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

1 Tbl soft butter

1/4 C granulated sugar.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 8×4-inch loaf pans. Combine in a bowl the brown sugar and oil. Stir well until smooth. Add the egg, buttermilk, salt, baking soda, vanilla and flour. Blend until moist. Fold in the diced rhubarb and chopped nuts. Turn batter into prepared loaf pans.

Combine the butter and sugar until crumbly, then sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 F 50 to 55 minutes, or until bread passes the toothpick test. Turn out onto racks and cool before slicing. Slice into about 20 slices per loaf.

I really enjoy this time with you each week and would love to hear from you. Do you have any requests? Is there a recipe you have been looking for or remember from your younger years? Can I help you find it? Do you have any recipes that are special to you that you could share with us? Please contact me at susieqcooking@outlook.com or c/o Pioneer Times, P.O. Box 456, Houlton, Maine 04730.

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