Brunch, Dessert

Strawberry Rhurbab Hand Pies


Nothing says summer than fresh fruit and I have a perfect summer dessert that is just waiting to be put into those hands. Sweet strawberry and rhubarb filling all wrapped inside delicate homemade pie dough and baked to perfection. Crisp, sweet and the ultimate backyard treat!

I wish I had something really clever to say about these pies but I will instead give you a few of my favorites lines about the nature of pies from none other than Ms. Smitten Kitchen herself.

“Do you have a favorite pie? I always think of pies falling in two categories, the prom queens, the blue ribbon prize winners, the ones that the president can’t keep out of his thoughts, and the rest of them. In the latter category there are the soggy bottoms, the overly-gelled fillings, the mortarboard crusts, the treacly sweet and those flawlessly latticed, magazine-ready specimen that turn out to have [insert your least favorite pie filling here] under their pretty lids.”

“I love strawberry-rhubarb pie, in spite of or perhaps because of its old-timey charm; at their best, cooked strawberries taste like cotton candy and rhubarb is the perfect almost citrusy-sour contrast.”

Is she right or is she right? When I really sat down and thought about it, I typically tend to make a super delicious but not so good looking pie or either a drop dead gorgeous pie with a not so good filling. Well that was my past and now I am happily looking to the future seeing my new creation Strawberry and Rhubarb hand pies that are full of flavor, about the easiest pie you will ever make and perfect, perfect for day our in the sun. I am seeing these hand pies making a nice little appearance at our annual Fourth of July party here in a few weeks. What do you think?

This was my first time to really cook with Rhubarb. The flavor is so tart and citrusy and now I know why it pairs so well with the sweetness of strawberries. I always wondered why people put the two together and now I get it! We all know that I like my store- bought pie dough but I was making these for my friend Christina’s surprise birthday party a few weeks ago and I wouldn’t settle for anything but the best. I rolled up my sleeves and dug into my grandmother’s homemade pie dough recipe. With flour everywhere and my heart racing I attempted her pie dough yet again and once again it turned out just perfect- although never ever as good as when she does it. Her recipe is easy and a no fail way to make the ultimate homemade pie dough.


Strawberry and Rhubarb Miniature Pies



3 ounces of strawberries, sliced

3 ounces of rhubarb, diced

1 TBSP cornstarch

zest of 1 orange

2 TBSP of orange juice

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Pie Crust:

2 1/4 cups AP Flour

1/4 stp salt

1/4 cup butter, cold and cut into 1 inch cubes

4 TBSP sugar

1/4 cup shortening, cold

3 TBSP ice water

2 TBSP orange juice


Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a small saucepan and heat on medium low until it reaches a slow boil. Reduce heat to low and sit, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes.  Set aside

Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bow. Cut in the chilled butter and shortening until it resembles coarse meal or small peas. Drizzle with ice cold water and orange juice and using a fork blend until all combined. Knead the dough lightly and shape dough into a disk. Divide dough in half.

Roll the first half out to 1/8 inch thick and using a 2 1/4 inch biscuit cutter with fluted edges cut out as many circles as you can. Now you can either use one circle per hand pie as I did in the pictures above or you can use two circles per pie. If you are using one circle then just place the 1/2 -1 tsp of filling into the center of the circle and fold over in a moon shape, crimping the edges to seal the dough. Or if using two dough circles, place the filling in the middle of the first circle and top it with the second circle. Crimping the edges to seal the dough. Brush with 1 TBSP of cream and 1 egg yolk. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until the tops are nice and golden brown.



  1. lindsay

    girl bye…these look ah-mazing! love love rhubarb!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  2. Blond Duck

    Popped in to say hi! These look heavenly!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  3. Laurie of Lulu and Daisy

    These look yummy!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  4. Mary

    Well these look just about perfect ! I’m planning on making rhurburb mini crumbles today – similiar but different! I could definitely go for a dozen of yours!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  5. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    WOW! I love rhubarb so of course these are to die for in my book! thanks for sharing this great hand pie recipe.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  6. Shawn

    I’ve been thinking about picking up some rhubarb…Now, I will! They look delectable and I just love the ‘pinking shear’ edges!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  7. Candace

    Look at the bayou babe making rhubarb hand pies!! If only we had access to this wonderful northern delicacy growing up, huh? I am a rhubarb fiend since giving it a try for the first time. I love that you have taken this wonderful little southern delicacy….hand pies….and stuffed it full of delicious rhubarb and strawberries. Great job! I’m going to share this with my “yankee” family. They are going to love you like I do. Thank you!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  8. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    I’m getting crazy with all these rhubarb recipes going around–I’ve NEVER tried rhubarb, but I’m dying to! This is definitely one of the first things I’ll try if we decide to buy it…you can’t go wrong with pie 🙂

    22 . Jun . 2011
  9. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I have never had Rhubarb before but these look awesome. I like tart fruits so this should be tight up my alley!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  10. Alexis @ There She Goes

    im committed to buying rhubarb this week at the farmer’s market- never had it before and i wasn’t sure what to do with it…now i have an excellent idea!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  11. Cooking Creation

    Mmm! These look so good! I would be afraid I wouldn’t be able stop after eating just one!!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  12. Erica

    How cute are these? Perfect for a party, perfect for kiddos! I’ve only baked with rhubarb once too but I really liked it- I must do it again!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  13. My Carolina Kitchen

    They’ll be great at your Fourth of July get-together. However, I think they’ll be gone before you know it. They are so pretty.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  14. CarlyAnne

    Strawberry rhubarb is one of my most favorite combinations. Ever. It takes me back to my little girl kind of days with Grandma.

    These look incredible!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  15. Lucy@The Sweet Touch

    These are adorable! Strawberry rhubarb is my absolute favorite pie – I can just imagine these wrapped up and brought along to a picnic!

    22 . Jun . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      exactly! That is why I think they would be perfect for the fourth of july- don’t you? thanks for stopping by!

      22 . Jun . 2011
  16. Mary @ stylefyles

    Oh boy. Just found your blog and pinned these immediately so I don’t forget to make them. They look PERFECT. I want one now!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  17. Greg

    Perfect for parties. Pies you have to cut and someone always mangles one or wants a tiny little piece. These are portable. Great idea. The recipe looks fun too.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  18. yummychunklet

    I’m excited to try these before the season ends here! Yum!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  19. ModernMom

    Fave pie for me? Anything with caramel or chocolate. Do those still count as pies?

    These look fab:)

    22 . Jun . 2011
  20. Denine M. Anderson-Regan

    My Grandmother loved rhubarb! These look incredible – I’ve never worked with it before, but I’m thinking of using it in a jam this summer. 🙂

    22 . Jun . 2011
  21. Christina

    Yummy! These are too cute! I definitely want to make hand pies this year!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  22. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers

    Those are adorable and very clever. I haven’t tried cooking with rhubarb yet, but I enjoyed my first strawberry rhubarb crisp this spring.

    22 . Jun . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh you must try the rhubarb. It is so easy to cook with. IT looks a little funny but you just chopped it up like you would any fruit and then you just go with it. Roast it, grill it (if left whole) or make a filling like i did. the possibilities are endless!

      22 . Jun . 2011
  23. To the Kitchen

    Wow! This dessert looks like the best thing in the world to me right now! Amazing and so cute

    22 . Jun . 2011
  24. Three-Cookies

    Hand pies – thats a new term for me:) I’ve tried pastries with a similar design in Central Asia!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  25. sweetlife

    these are the cutest hand pies!! I love the flavor combo and sweet filling oozing out..yum!!


    22 . Jun . 2011
  26. Maris(In Good Taste)

    These look so perfect and are great for parties. Just pick ’em up and gobble them down!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  27. Alwaysinthekitchen

    I love hand pies. So southern and so good! These are perfect for the summer. I have a bunch of peaches on hand=- maybe I could mix things up a bit and do peach and strawberry? What do you think? ya or na?

    22 . Jun . 2011
  28. Janis Sullivan

    Great recipe! thanks for sharing

    22 . Jun . 2011
  29. sara@domesticallychallenged

    My dad LOVES rhubarb/strawberry pie, so this is a FOR SURE!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  30. daphne

    how cute!! I love how they are mini size.. I can have MORE of them for sure. And i love the streaks that “slips” out.. it makes it pretty and with character.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  31. JANE

    You are killing my diet, so I am saving the recipes.
    What beautiful photographs.
    Do you take the photos yourself, or do you have a helper?
    A great summer recipe these little hand pies.
    How does a person put their photo on the right side of your blog on comments?
    I am addicted to your blog now,

    22 . Jun . 2011
  32. Ruth

    I am drooling over my keyboard

    22 . Jun . 2011
  33. Caitlin @ Southern Curls & Pearls

    Oh my goodness… these look absolutely amazing! I love that they’re individual… if it was a pie I would be tempted to cut a huuuge slice.. but I have more self control it’s already portioned. I love warm pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  34. Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutrtional Calculator

    There’s a lot of thing we can include on rhubarb, it is a great ingredient good source of vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. It is usually eaten cooked, and just like fresh cranberries.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  35. Veronica's Kitchen

    I’ve never cooked rhurbab too and I should put one in my trolley next time. Try your chicken enchiladas a few days ago with the ingredients I could get in Australia. It tasted wonderful and it was gone before I could take a picture of it. I like the taste of the coriander and green capsicum. Thanks for sharing.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  36. Strawberry CAKE

    orange juice in the pie crust…very interesting!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  37. Alli

    I have never had a hand pie. They are so charming. A perfect summer treat.

    22 . Jun . 2011
  38. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Rhubarb! This is probably the only recipe that I feel like I can make using rhubarb, but maybe with pies sheet…=) Looks delicious Jessica! Your homemade dough looks really nice…

    22 . Jun . 2011
  39. kankana

    This looks so delicious .. those rhubarb oozing out is making me drool!! Thanks SO much for sharing this with Hearth and Soul Hop! 🙂

    23 . Jun . 2011
  40. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Those look so good. I have never been able to warm to rhubarb for some strange reason but with the strawberries, orange, lemon and cinnamon, I might be able to be persuaded.
    🙂 Mandy

    23 . Jun . 2011
  41. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Oh goodness those look amazingly tempting, with that delicious filling bursting out at the seams!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  42. Joanne

    SK does a perfect job of describing the pie dilemma and then you do a perfect job of making the ideal mini pies! I’m loving the crust:filling ratio here. More crust is always a good thing.

    23 . Jun . 2011
  43. Linda

    I think these would be a great idea for the 4th! Perfect for packing up and the color is gorgeous and so fitting for red, white and blue! I’ve also not used rhubarb before but always hear of this combination. I do believe you have inspired me to try this out!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  44. Kristy

    I have always wanted to make hand pies. These look soooooo good! Maybe I’ll make these for the kids’ birthday party. Hmmm….now you have me thinking. Looks delicious!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  45. gopika

    Woww.. they looks sooo cute and yummy.. Kids will love the look 😀 And awesome pictures like always

    23 . Jun . 2011
  46. val

    Before I even start talking about this recipe…Let’s start off by talking about your incredible photos. Girl, you have got it down to a science. This recipe is pure awesome. I would every single one of these by myself!!!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  47. Marguerite

    These look absolutely scrumptious and I wish I had some right now! I have lots of strawberries and rhubarb, so I’ll definitely be trying these out. Thanks for the great recipe and for stopping by!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  48. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I’ve never tried rhubarb before- crazy! This looks delicious and a perfect way to try it for the first time 🙂

    23 . Jun . 2011
  49. Maureen

    nothing better than pairing strawberries and rhubarb and these pies look delicious! I could pick up a handful of your hand pies.

    23 . Jun . 2011
  50. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    Oh my goodness, I must have these! Just the fact that they gooey insides are overflowing is enough to make me drool.

    23 . Jun . 2011
  51. sheila @ Elements

    These look amazing!! They’re just bursting with fruity goodness, and they look so good! I’d love them warm or cold! 🙂

    24 . Jun . 2011
  52. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    Oh wow, this looks just sinful. I actually have both strawberries and rhubarb in the fridge right now. I just may make this over the weekend.

    24 . Jun . 2011
  53. Jessica

    I have to say I’ve never had rhubarb but they look so good!!

    *I work for Bass Pecan Company and every year they have a recipe contest where you can win $1000. You should check it out!! If you like baking with pecans this is perfect for you Bass Recipe Blog

    24 . Jun . 2011
  54. Jason@JLHealth

    After looking at your incredible pies….I’ll definitely have to give rhubarb another try!

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

    24 . Jun . 2011
  55. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I made strawberry hand pies recently. I’m sure I’d love your strawberry rhubarb even better!

    25 . Jun . 2011
  56. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Rhubarb is possibly one of my favourite ingredients! These pies sound so so tempting!

    26 . Jun . 2011
  57. The Harried Cook

    I LOVE hand pies… discovered them only a few years ago, and I have only made apple hand pies… This looks and sounds so yummy! Such a classic combination with the strawberry & rhubarb! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    26 . Jun . 2011
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