Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies

Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies

Rhubarb Hand Pies

I have never been one to enjoy a lot of sweet flavored things. My taste buds lean toward a more savory flavor. However, like everyone else, I do occasionally appreciate a desert of some sort. As a child growing up in the UK, rhubarb and custard was one of my favorite desserts. While I still love the flavor of rhubarb, I can easily pass on the custard. Hence, I am officially delving into the world of hand pies. Needless to say, my first venture was these rhubarb hand pies.

Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies

Picking your Rhubarb

The most important thing with these hand pies is to make sure you begin with good rhubarb. I prefer fresh over frozen as this allows me to select the stalks I want, and you can never get better than fresh. When choosing fresh rhubarb opt for the rhubarb with thinner and redder stalks as these are typically the sweetest. That being said, rhubarb has a very tart flavor. In this recipe we have prepared the rhubarb with the addition of half a cup of sugar to sweeten it up a bit.

Why Eat Rhubarb

Most people are surprised to learn that rhubarb contains a host of nutritional benefits. Rhubarb is chock full of minerals and vitamins. They contain dietary fiber, vitamin C and K, protein, calcium and potassium.  Rhubarb is also a rich source of beta-carotene and lutein.

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Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies
Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Easy Rhubarb Hand Pies
Instructions
  1. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add chilled butter and cream cheese and pulse to combine until texture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Set the food processor down to low speed and add the vinegar and iced water to the chute so that it can add itself slowly to the dough. Continue until the dough starts to form a ball. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for an hour.
  3. In a large skillet, add rhubarb, salt and nutmeg. Add 1/2 cup sugar and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. On a medium heat warm the rhubarb until the juices are released, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon transfer rhubarb to a bowl and chill.
  5. cook the rhubarb liquid until reduced to a syrup. Let the syrup cool and return to the refrigerated rhubarb mix. Allow to cool
  6. On a floured surface roll out the dough until 1/2" thick. Cut into 6" rounds.
  7. Heat oven to 350°. In a small bowl whisk the egg with 1 tbsp of water and set aside.
  8. Place the dough you ds onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon 1/4 cup of the rhubarb mix onto each dough circle, leaving a 1/2" space around the edges.
  9. Fold the dough over so the edges meet and crimp closed with a fork.
  10. Brush the top of the pies with the egg wash and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Cut thin slits in topping of the dough to allow steam to escape.
  11. are until dough is crisp and gold, 30 to 40 minutes.
  12. Serve warm, with ice-cream of choice.

Health Benefits of Rhubarb

Rhubarb is low in fat and cholesterol. Due to the presence of dietary fiber, rhubarb can help increase levels of good cholesterol and aid in keeping our digestive system working in perfect balance. Full of beneficial anti-oxidants, rhubarb help fight free radicals.   Vitamin K has a role in brain health and could help prevent or delay Alzheimerís disease.

These are just a few important reasons to incorporate more rhubarb in your diet. But if you need more rhubarb helps to stimulate bone growth and repair. It is also reputed to help ward off cancer and macular degeneration. It improves blood circulation, helps prevent and control diabetes, are good for our vision and helps reduce the occurrence of hot flashes during pre-menopause.

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