These strawberry rhubarb hand pies are the perfect excuse to buy a huge box of strawberries while they’re in season. And since May is National Strawberry month, I had to share this awesome recipe with you so you can make them all season long.
As a food writer and recipe developer, I’m a voracious reader of food blogs and have been for years. One of my favorites is In Jennie’s Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo. I’ve been reading Jennie’s blog for years, following her work, and her 2013 book, Homemade With Love, is one of my treasured and oft-used cookbooks. Like Jennie, the kitchen is my constant. Any cookbook Jennie recommends is usually added to my reading list—and she hasn’t disappointed me yet.
All the recipes I’ve made from her blog have been excellent. My favorite recipes in Jennie’s book include her panzanella (no lie, the best I’ve ever had), homemade vegetable bouillon, brown butter pear-apple pie, rhubarb jam, salted molasses butter, homemade cheese crackers and the chocolate egg cream. (I worked in a Jewish bakery and also waited tables at a Jewish deli in high school, and chocolate egg creams are one of the few things from the deli counter that I still make all these years later.)
One of the things I love about following other recipe developers, home cooks, and chefs on Instagram is that it gives you a peek into their kitchens. You can see what they’re cooking any given week (and more frequently if they’re sharing Instagram stories). And it gives you a chance to engage with the cooks you really admire and be inspired by them. Jennie and I see eye to eye on a lot—not just in the kitchen, but life in general.
Anyhow, Jennie has been making a pie nearly every day (yes, really! check #yearofpieIJK on Instagram to see some of them), all year. She posted a photo on Instagram of a gorgeous strawberry pie recently that had me salivating. And since I’ve never met a strawberry rhubarb pie I didn’t like, I asked if she had a good recipe. I didn’t know at the time that Jennie doesn’t like rhubarb.
But to my surprise, a few days later Jennie posted a recipe for small-batch strawberry rhubarb hand pies just for me. I repeat: the lady who doesn’t like rhubarb made strawberry rhubarb pie for a friend she met on the internet. And I couldn’t be happier to be that friend. (And in case you’re curious, Jennie posted her finished hand pies on Instagram and said not only did she like the pies with rhubarb in them, her daughters did, too. I guess rhubarb isn’t so bad after all!)
I made the pies this weekend and absolutely loved them. I made a small change from Jennie’s recipe; I used a store-bought pie crust dough to save me some time in the kitchen just because I had some other things to do. But I’ve made Jennie’s pie crust recipe from scratch before and recommend that instead if you have the time. If you don’t, you can use a store-bought crust with no shame.
The method of baking these pies at a higher heat and then lowering the temperature gave the crust a perfectly golden, flaky texture. The filling is juicy and balanced in flavor; not too sweet, and you can taste both the strawberries and the rhubarb. Don’t forget to poke holes with a fork in the top of the pies to vent them. I know you’re going to love these strawberry rhubarb hand pies just as much as I did. I maybe already ate two of them and took a bite out of a third. They’re THAT good.
I tend to crimp pie crust by pinching with one hand and indenting with my pinky finger from the other hand, which is called a fluted edge. You can also do a rope edge or crimp with a fork to make fork hash marks. Any way you seal them, they’ll still leak a bit out the sides, and that’s OK.
Small-batch strawberry rhubarb hand pies from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Ingredients you’ll need:
- Homemade pie crust dough or store-bought pie crust (I used Pillsbury Pie Crust for the ones pictured here)
- 1/2 a stalk of rhubarb
- 10 strawberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg beaten with a splash of milk
- coarse-grain decorating sugar (I used King Arthur Sparkling White Sugar here)
Here’s where to find all of Jennie’s pie recipes to make a pie and share it with someone you love.