Individual Apple & Rhubarb Pies

 Apple and Rhubarb Pies recipe | Delicieux

As the days grow colder it’s hard to resist the allure of comforting winter desserts, such as these Apple and Rhubarb Pies.

Luckily winters here in Brisbane are relatively mild, but growing up in Tasmania I loathed the long cold winters. Especially the winters while I was at university.

After my first year of university I started a full time job as an undergraduate accountant and continued university part time. Given my work and university commitments I decided to move out of my parents house, which involved an hour long drive to and from work each day, and into a townhouse that was within walking distance to work. I shared the townhouse with a friend, and as much as we both loved our townhouse, we hated it in winter. It was bitterly cold, and seemed determined to stay cold no matter how much effort we put in to heating it. Inside the house it was necessary to wear layers of clothing, and often, on exceptionally cold winter nights, we’d resort to wearing coats and gloves as we huddled around the heater.  The only thing that seemed to warm us was food. So I made big batches of soup, but our favourite winter treat was apple pie and ice cream.

Back then the apple pies were frozen apple pies from the supermarket, but comforting nonetheless. And a warm and comforting dessert was exactly what I felt like last night when the weather report said we were in for a cold night. This time though the pies were homemade, and infinitely more comforting.

So tell me, what is your favourite comforting winter dessert?

Apple and Rhubarb Pies recipe | Delicieux

Apple and Rhubarb Pies recipe | Delicieux

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Individual Apple & Rhubarb Pies
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Adapted from Dorie Greenspans Baking: From My Home to Yours
Serves: 4
  • 1½ cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 180g (1½ sticks) very cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup ice cold water
  • 600g granny smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 300g rhubarb
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • grated zest of half a lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbs almond meal
  • 1 tbs butter
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tbs sugar
  1. Begin by making the pie dough. Place the flour, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a chopping blade and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter chopped into the flour about the size of peas. Slowly add the ice cold water, pulsing as you go, until the mixture starts to clump together. Remove from the food processor and divide the dough into two pieces. Flatten each into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Remove one portion of the dough and place on a piece of baking paper lightly dusted with flour. Lightly dust the top with flour and place another piece of baking paper on top and roll out the dough until roughly 3mm (1/8 inch) thick. Take 4 individual pie dishes and lightly grease with butter and line with the dough, leaving some overhang. Refrigerate. Remove the second portion of dough and roll out to the same thickness as the first portion and place on a baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 celsius (400 Fahrenheit). Meanwhile make the pie filling. Chop the apple and rhubarb into bite size pieces and place in a bowl with the lemon zest, spices, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  4. Remove the lined pie tins and sprinkle almond meal in the bottom and divide the apple and rhubarb mixture, along with the juices, between the bases along with the butter.
  5. Take the second portion of dough out of the refrigerator and cut into strips approximately 10mm (1/2 inch) thick.
  6. Take 5 strips of the dough a place parallel across the top of the pie, leaving a little gap in between each strip. Fold back every other strip of dough at the top of the pie and place one long strip of dough across the parallel strips, just after the folds. Unfold the fold strips and place over the strip of dough you just added. Now fold back the alternate strips of dough (the strips that weren't folded over previously) and place another strip of dough across the parallel strips. Repeat until the top of each pie is covered. Take a fork and press down the edge of the pie, trimming off any excess.
  7. Place the pies on a baking tray and lightly brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar and bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and the juices bubble up to the top of the crust. Serve with a dollop of cream or ice cream, or both!
If the top of your pie browns too quickly cover with foil.

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  1. Rosa May 17, 2013  6:04 pm Reply

    Gorgeous pies! I love the lattice topping and that fruit combination.



  2. Sneh | Cook Republic May 17, 2013  6:06 pm Reply

    Love that combination, have never had it (wonder why?) but know that I would absolutely love it!

    • Jennifer May 21, 2013  9:44 am Reply

      I love the tartness of the rhubarb in contrast to the apple. :D

  3. Mel May 18, 2013  2:08 pm Reply

    I love pies too, but bread and butter pudding would have to be my absolute comfort dessert.

    • Jennifer May 21, 2013  9:44 am Reply

      Mmm bread and butter pudding is comforting :D

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 18, 2013  7:13 pm Reply

    I've never eaten apple and rhubarb but lots of strawberry rhubarb pie. Nothing beats a good old Maine wild blueberry pie for me. Since I can't get that here, I will go with apple. :)

    • Jennifer May 21, 2013  9:42 am Reply

      You know, I don't think I've ever had a blueberry pie. I'll have to rectify that. :)

  5. Amanda May 19, 2013  1:08 pm Reply

    Mmm, I love pies. Anything that is wrapped in pastry is good by me!

  6. thelittleloaf May 20, 2013  5:02 am Reply

    We're starting to move into summer here but I'd still happily eat one of those gorgeous pies. I love the lattice on top!

    • Jennifer May 21, 2013  9:41 am Reply

      I'm wishing it was summer here too. :)

  7. Carole May 22, 2013  6:33 am Reply

    It's funny, I think of rhubarb as a summer food, as that's when it's in season here. My mother used to make strawberry rhubarb pies and they were wonderful. This combo sounds delicious too. My favorite in the winter is hot apple pie with cinnamon ice cream.

  8. Medeja May 24, 2013  9:14 pm Reply

    These pies look so nice! Apple and rhubarb are great combination. I really hope weather in Brisbane will be nice this weekend, I was planning to visit the beach :)

  9. Cookie and Kate May 30, 2013  2:13 am Reply

    It's warm here in the middle of the US right now, so warm that I'm drawing a blank on my favorite winter dessert! Something warm like this beautiful pie, for sure. Your blog is lovely and I'm glad I found it!

    • Jennifer May 30, 2013  9:21 am Reply

      Thank you Kate :) Your blog is beautiful too.


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