Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Because it’s summer and the memories are just waiting to happen. ~ unknown

This weekend our four year old Grandson Edison came to play with us for the weekend. He is at that wonderful age where magic is waiting around every corner and he is bound and determined to seek it out. I love it; no guile, just wide eyed innocence and wonder. He is a joy to be around. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies Last night we took him to the fireworks display. He was happy, frightened, curious, and a bit daring all in turn and I had the privilege of remembering what it was like to be young, innocent and carefree for a small space in time. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Thankful to God for the little things in life that bring so much joy and pleasure.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand pies are a fresh taste of summer. I envision running through tall grass in the meadows. A picnic enjoyed on a checkerboard blanket. A tall glass of sweet lemonade, potato salad, and fried chicken. All topped off with a sweet and tangy delightfully delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pie that is my own. A perfect piece of pastry that fits right in my hand! These little pies are a nod to picnics and everything summertime.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
Serves: 6
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1½ cup rhubarb, sliced
  • 2 cup strawberries, cut in half
  • 1½ tsp orange rind, grated
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup raw sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground cracked pepper (optional)
  • 1½ tsp Grand Marnier (optional)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream, or 1 beaten egg white
  • pie crust (enough for double pie)
  1. Melt butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add rhubarb and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add strawberries, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, salt and cracked pepper (if using). Stir gently and allow to zimmer for three minutes until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Stir in Grand Marnier (if using).
  5. Whisk together cornstarch and water. Add to simmering fruit mixture. Continue to simmer, stirring continually until mixture has thickened. (about 4-5 minutes).
  6. Place filling in refrigerator to chill.
  7. Meanwhile, roll out pastry dough to about ¼ inch thick
  8. Cut 4 inch circles, squares (or use lattice hand pie mold) from pie crust. Double pie crust should make 12 individual circles or squares.
  9. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  10. Once pie filling has cooled, spoon equally atop 6 of the pie cutouts.
  11. Top pie crust with filling with the remaining 6 pie crusts (optional to cut strips and make lattice to go atop the filling if pie molds are not used).
  12. Crimp the edges of the individual pies and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  13. Brush pies all over with cream or egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  14. Place pies in the oven and immediately reduce heat to 375 degrees.
  15. Bake pies for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.
  16. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving, filling will be hot, or serve cold.

My favorite pastry dough recipe is from Martha Stewart: Pate Brisee  It  never fails. Flaky and delicious every time. When using her Pate Brisee, chill the dough only slightly. Otherwise the dough will be a little harder to work with because of the butter content. If the dough gets to hard, let it sit for a few minutes to warm up.

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