Sunday, June 17, 2012

RHUBARB MINI PIES




I adore mini pies, and I'm madly in love with the mini pie maker that I got on sale at Williams-Sonoma for $100 off in April. The first pies I made were mini cherry pies. Since April, I have made just about every fruit pie you can name, and my new favorite is Rhubarb. Most of the pies I have given away, and my mom always enjoys the weekly delivery.


                  
I used a Rhubarb Pie recipe from Thibeault's Table (Rhubarb Pie Source: Madame Benoit Cooks at Home 1978)  It is the best rhubarb pie filling I have ever had. I baked the filling in a casserole dish before using it in the pie maker, and cut the recipe in half to make FOUR mini pies.

I have been experimenting with different store bought pie crusts to use in the pie maker, and the frozen Belmont brand deep dish pie crusts are the best by far. I found them at Aldi's in the freezer section, and they come in 9" reusable pans (keep the sturdy pans for future use). I thaw the pie crust in the refrigerator, and then remove it from the pan and roll it just enough to flatten the crimped edges. (see photo below) 


The pies sit on a tiered stand until I make my deliveries. Or until I eat one :-)


The recipe:
4 cups rhubarb, cut in to 1/2 inch pieces
2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
pinch of salt
juice of 1/2 small lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Pastry for two crusts
1 tablespoon sugar

Roll out dough for bottom crust and line pie plate with pastry. Beat eggs lightly, and then stir in brown and white sugars, flour, lemon juice, salt and extract. Mix in rhubarb. Pour into pour in to pie shell. Roll out remaining pastry and cut into strips. Weave pastry strips over top and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake in a 450°F oven on bottom shelf for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and move pie to middle of the oven. Continue baking for 25 to 35 minutes.

While I was picking rhubarb from the garden, I took time to enjoy the joyous June blooms. 








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Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
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Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

16 comments:

  1. Very pretty blooms! You are getting good use of the pie maker. The pies look delicious, and so pretty on the stand. Mine is still sitting there, hopefully after graduation I'll have more time to play in the kitchen.

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    1. Carol, you will enjoy it! I haven't tried savory pies yet, but they are next on my list.

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  2. Good morning, Debbie! I don't know what I love more....the pics of your darling mini pies or the garden flowers!!! I know your Mom must be enjoying all your delicious pie variations. I'm happy to hear that you're still enjoying the pie maker. I'm still thinking about one. Thanks for the review on the pie crust from Aldi's. xo

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    1. Kitty, for you, a mini pie with a bouquet of flowers!!

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  3. Oh yum! And your flowers are beautiful!

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  4. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you so much for visiting me, its a pleasure meeting you! I love your blog and I have enjoyed reading many of your posts and have become your newest follower.
    The mini pies look so yummy and your garden is beautiful.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  5. Those pies looks so yummy and your flowers are beautiful! I love that light pink rose. Gorgeous!

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  6. I am so in love with all-things mini. Your pies are adorable -- I want to say I need one of those pie makers but the truth is I couldn't be trusted with one, lol -- I NEED to not have one and just look at yours :)

    Your bloomers are beauties!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  7. Those pies looks delish sitting on your MC plates. Beautiful garden, too.

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  8. Oh my these look amazing...what pretty photos as well. Mini is the BEST! Thank you for sharing! Hugs for a great day...now I will have visions of pies running through my head today...craving one right now! xo

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  9. Hi Debbie, I was going to follow you when I went to join I saw that I was already following you..gee...sorry I have not been visiting..I hope to be able to visit more often now that it is too hot to be outdoors.

    I love Williams-Sonoma products. They sure have some of the best things. All I could invision is one of your pies sitting on a open window sill, cooling off with a small child ready to run off with it..Too cute..I love pie's..nice flower photo's.life is good!

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  10. Lovely pies and what a bargain... Look how many different pies you can make with these. Nothing like homemade.

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  11. Pretty pies and pretty pictures - I love rhubarb!

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  12. Rhubarb pie is my all-time favorite! I have been thinking that I really need one of the WS pie molds....I have also been trying to be strong....so strong that I have made a rhubarb crumble three times in the last seven weeks! Time to move on to pies!!

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  13. I had planned to make an apple/rhubarb pie for dinner this Sunday, but might see if there's still enough rhubarb left in the garden for this recipe-sounds good:@)

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  14. I've missed so much, Debbie! These are so adorable and I love rhubarb anything!

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