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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday Recipe - Rhubarb Pie

I blame my friend who posted a rhubarb recipe and got me drooling. My rhubarb isn't quite big enough yet. I'm going to have to be patient.

For those of you who have never experienced rhubarb, it's a great perennial plant. It grows long stalks with huge leaves, very pretty in a shady, damp spot of your yard. Rhubarb loves to be cool and damp.

The edible portion of the plant is the stalk. Don't eat the leaves! It tends to be bitter when raw. Much better cooked.

Rhubarb Cobbler Pie (the easy version)

4 c. rhubarb stalks, sliced into thin pieces like celery
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour
1/2 t. cardamom
1/2 t. allspice or nutmeg
1 9" pie crust (homemade is best, but refrigerated also works)

Mix rhubarb, sugar, flour, and spices. Mound in pie pan. Cover top with single crust, crimping to edges. Cut slits in the crust to allow steam to escape. Bake at 400° for 45 - 55 minutes, until pie is bubbling and crust is golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before devouring.