Better late than never.
I usually make my first rhubarb pie of the season early April.
This year, thanks to a snowy February and colder temperatures
the rhubarb was slow growing.
Early this week, I made two batches of
a quick puff pastry.
Basically just used one cup of butter in three cups
of flour for each batch.
I made the dough just before bed and put it in the fridge overnight.
Baked the rhubarb pie Thursday morning.
And we had it for dessert that night.
Served warm with ice cream.
This is my favourite rhubarb pie recipe.
Adjusted from Madame Benoit's Rhubarb Pie - 1978
Pastry to double crust
4 to 5 cups of rhubarb depending on size of pie plate.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons of flour
pinch of salt
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar
Heat oven to 450°F
Roll out dough for bottom crust and line pie plate.
Beat Eggs and then stir in both sugars, flour, lemon juice, salt
and vanilla. Mix in Rhubarb.
Pour into pie shell.
Roll out remaining pastry and cut into strips. Weave pastry strips
over top to create a lattice effect. Brush with milk and sprinkle
with one to two tablespoons of sugar.
Option: cut out leaves either by hand or with a leaf cookie
cutter, place over filling. Brush with the milk and sprinkle with
Place pie on bottom shelf and bake for 15 minutes. Move pie to
middle shelf and reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking for 25
to 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
Quick Puff Pastry
2 cups flour
1 cup butter
pinch of baking powder (optional)
(My grandmother always put a pinch in her pastry doughs)
3/4 tsp salt
Using a sharp knife, cut butter into little cubes. 1/4" to 1/2"
Place flour in a large bowl.
Add salt and baking powder
Add the butter
and moisten with ice water
Mix with a fork until the flour starts to come
together. Add more water as needed.
It will be a shaggy mess.
Tip out on to a floured board.
Using hands, pat mixture together and flatten.
Using hands or rolling pin, pat into a rectangle shape.
Fold into thirds, turn and roll out about 12" long
and 8" to 10" wide. Fold into thirds again.
Do this four times. And do it quickly.
You don't want the butter to soften.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a least one hour.
When ready to use, cut dough into two pieces.
Shape each into flattened disk and roll out.
(Recipe uses more butter and is made in
a heavy duty mixer)