Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bake 52: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Valerie was our host this week and chose the recipe.  There was trouble finding the rhubarb for some but luckily, I didn't have that problem.  It might be that we live in a community with a lot of vegetarians and our produce sections are more extensive because of it.  Or maybe it was just luck.  
I have never cooked with rhubarb before and I didn't really know what to do with it.  I was supposed to peel it so I got out a peeler but that didn't really work.  I wondered how you were supposed to peel the darn things.  I was surprised to find the texture to be much like celery and actually very simple to peel.  I didn't want to make a whole pie for just us and Valerie insisted I make some with apple substituted for the rhubarb so I decided to make individual pies.  Instead of using the mini-muffin tins like I did for the quiche, I used the regular muffin tins for the rhubarb pies.

By the time I got to the apple version, it was eleven o'clock at night and I was sick of weaving lattice for mini-pies (and I only did 5 of those) so I just cut out 5-6 inch circles of dough, put some filling inside and folded it over.  They looked kind of like those little hostess pies, so I added a glaze to complete the package.  
I tasted the rhubarb pies when they were hot out of the oven last night and they were delicious.  I did add some extra cornstarch since everyone had been saying their filling was more juicy than expected.  Tyler took them to class this morning with him and I told him I needed reviews for the blog.  This was our Facebook chat this morning:

here are a few quotes from the pies
This is unbelievalbe
She has done it agian. Taylor
There is something a little extra in that crust, a little bit of magic. mark

what did you think?

I didn't get one. I have more than 5 friends so not everyone got one.
Brock says "unbelievable"

What? You have more than 5 friends?

I know I was surprised.

this sounds fishy. they know that they don't have to say they are good right?
not everyone could have liked them. some people don't like rhubarb
true story

dude, they were all blown away. No lie

 I wish he had taken the apple version with him too because I ended up eating way too many of them.  And I don't even like pie.  I did like the rhubarb better which surprised me.  The apple had a little less flavor but I think my kids would have preferred it because it was less tart (if they had been able to taste the rhubarb).

 I had intentions of using the pie crust recipe in the book because I wanted to try it.  However, looking at the recipe, I realized I needed sour cream which I didn't have.  And I had already been to the store twice for this pie and it was one of those days where I just ran around like a chicken with my head cut off and accomplished practically nothing.  And I didn't want to run around anymore.  In short, I used the pie crust I always use and love.  Maybe next time.  (I think I said that when we made quiche too, oops.)

If you'd like the recipe, you can check out Valerie's blog HERE.

Chat Conversation End


  1. I've been thinking of baking with rhubarb the last couple of weeks, because I've never done it before. Your post is perfect timing and is motivating me to actually do it this year (as soon as Im allowed to bake again).

  2. Haha I love the chat. These sound like great pies!

  3. Cute pies! LOVE the lattice. So impressive! LOVED the chat. So glad you included that. So real. Cool apple pies too... great idea. I should make up some of those and keep them in the freezer for a quick after-school snack.

  4. I can't believe the apple and strawberry tasted good? It just doesn't sound good. Maybe that is because one time my mom made an apple and banana pie (she ran out of apples) and it was so gross. I am glad everyone loved the pies!!

  5. once again, your petite food is darling!! And that facebook conversation-- that was something special!! You two crack me up so much.

  6. You are so patient! I can't believe how perfect your crust looks on each of those mini pies! Way to go!

  7. I just fell in love! Those little homemade hostess pies are on my Must Bake Next list! You rock!

  8. absolutely wonderful! i'll definitely try baking these sometime

  9. love the facebook chat hahahaha these really do look amazing, I just have no idea where to get rhubarb either

  10. How cute and impressive that you made lattice tops for each mini pie!

    1. I actually just make a long lattice on my counter that was the width of the pies but 12-18 inches long and used a cookie cutter to cut out the tops. Then slid them onto a spatula to transfer them to the pies. I think it was a little easier than doing them individually but still a pain!


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