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Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping could easily pass for cake. It is sweet, tart, and crunchy all at the same time. This strawberry rhubarb bread recipe is perfect for any time from breakfast to dessert.

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Side view of a loaf of Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with a streusel top that\'s drizzled with a glaze. The front piece has been cut from the loaf and is laying flat and covered in butter. Two strawberries sit to the side.

If this Strawberry Rhubarb Bread was entered in the County Fair, I know I would walk away with a purple ribbon! How do I know? Experience!

Table front view of the front of a sliced Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel top that\'s been drizzled with glaze.

True story here. When I was younger, I was in a club called the 4-H Club.

As the county fair rolled around, we were required to submit an entry. I had signed up for a cooking division and specifically wanted to enter my mother’s coffee cake recipe.

My entry was due and I had totally forgotten to make it. I remembered it while at a school function, and knew that there was no way I was going to be able to make it in time!

So, I called my mother and asked her to bake it for me. I knew I would be awarded a winning ribbon because my mother’s coffee cake was the best!

Well, karma was not on my side. I, or more accurately, my mother, received a white ribbon, which essentially says better luck next time.


Ingredients for Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Whole Wheat Flour. Adding whole wheat improves the crumb of this bread and makes the texture come out divine. It’s worth a trip to the store for this ingredient.
  • Baking Powder. Fresh is best! Buy new baking powder and baking soda every six months or so.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Sugar. Granulated Sugar is preferred.
  • Brown Sugar. Light or dark brown sugar will both work equally well.
  • Cinnamon. Saigon Cinnamon is my favorite but whatever you have at home works perfectly!
  • Salt. Kosher or ordinary table salt is fine.
  • Eggs. Large eggs are what I typically buy to assure my baking comes out consistently.
  • Butter. I like unsalted butter best. If you use salted omit the salt ingredient.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh or from a bottle works fine.
  • Buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute, but the real thing is best.
  • Rhubarb. A red vegetable that looks similar to celery.
  • Strawberries. As fresh as possible.

Instructions for the Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Recipe

With any quick bread recipe you can follow these basic steps. More specific instructions are found on the recipe card.

  1. First, preheat your oven and spray your loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Next, mix the dry ingredients and whisk them together.
  3. Then, mix the liquid ingredients separately.
  4. Slowly pour the liquid ingredient mixture into the dry ingredient mixture and stir just to combine. Don’t over-stir.
  5. Pour it all into the prepared loaf pan.
  6. Mix up the streusel topping and put that on the top of the quick bread batter.
  7. Bake the bread. It will take about fifty-five minutes so plan accordingly!
  8. Finally, mix the glaze and top with glaze if desired.

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This is a very moist Strawberry Rhubarb Quick Bread. For that reason, we recommend storing it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This bread can also be frozen. We would either wrap it in plastic wrap and then foil or in a resealable freezer bag. We like to separate the strawberry rhubarb loaf into two-slice packages so we can take out just what we need.


I prefer fresh, but frozen will work too

Thaw the rhubarb and dab it with a paper towel. Frozen rhubarb can lose moisture but works in this recipe because of the moisture in the apples.


  • Don’t add too much fruit to this loaf. That will add too much moisture.
  • Don’t overwork the streusel ingredients. We use a wire pastry cutter. That keeps the cold butter from blending into the topping too much. Keeping the pieces in tack is what creates that crunch texture.
  • Let the loaf cool in the pan over a cooling rack instead of popping the bread out of the pan right away. That will help it firm up.
  • Wait for the loaf to cool before you cut it to get the perfect slice.
  • We store our homemade quick bread on a plate and cover them with foil. Storing a quick bread in a plastic bag will create condensation and make it mushy. It will not last as long either.
Top view of a loaf of Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with a streusel top that\'s drizzled with a glaze. The front piece has been cut from the loaf and is laying flat and covered in butter. Two strawberries and a slice of lemon sit to the side.

This recipe is a hit in every way possible. The crumb is so soft and moist. It’s nice and sweet with a mix of tartness from the rhubarb.

The streusel gives this bread a delightful crunch, and the lemon just brightens up everything beautifully.



Another true story. John wanted to share this Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with his parents. I said not this time, I wasn’t sharing! Karma will probably bite me for that too!

This Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping could easily pass for a cake. It is sweet, tart and delightfully crunchy, and great for breakfast or as a dessert.
4.93 from 13 votes

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping

This Strawberry Rhubarb Bread with Streusel Topping could easily pass for a cake. It is sweet, tart and delightfully crunchy and great for breakfast or as a dessert.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 12 people
Author Julie Menghini



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 6 tbl unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and zest
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup rhubarb sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup strawberries sliced

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbl cold butter diced

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp milk



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. You can also line it with parchment paper as I often do and then spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine the dry bread ingredients (flour through salt) together in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine eggs, lemon juice, buttermilk and melted butter.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in rhubarb and strawberries.  Pour into prepared pan.

Streusel Topping

  • Combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in cold butter using two forks until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over bread.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Turn pan halfway through baking. Cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack.
  • Remove bread from pan. Combine glaze ingredients. Add additional milk if the glaze is too thick to drizzle over bread.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.5mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Two photo collage for Pinterest of a loaf of strawberry rhubarb bread topped with streusel and glazed with icing.
Recipe Rating

Robbyn Canter

Friday 14th of May 2021

This is literally our families favorite, and I mean FAVORITE receipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Thank you, Robbyn!

Michele @

Saturday 17th of April 2021

This looks absolutely wonderful, Julie! That streusel topping is just divine!

Julie Menghini

Monday 19th of April 2021

Thank you, Michele!


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Loved this strawberry rhubarb bread! It was flavourful and delicious!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Thank you, Michelle!


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I love the crunch texture and it's great because it's not too sweet, Just perfect!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Thank you, Jo! I'm so glad yoou enjoyed it.

Caitlyn Erhardt

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

This bread was super moist and tasted great! Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Thank you, Caitlyn! This is definitely a moist recipe.