New Year and Rhubarb Pie

Happy New Year to all! It is the rhubarb season here in New Zealand, so I thought I might make a rhubarb pie for New Year’s Day. Not an ordinary humdrum rhubarb pie – but a special pie using a special recipe. In fact, a French recipe because they often do ordinary things differently and it is after all New Year’s Day and special.

I found a recipe and searched out how to make the special pastry that forms the base. Of course, it is in French which isn’t exactly my first language, so I put it into an online translation service. I share the translation of the recipe here. Perhaps you might like to use it. I shall be starting it early!

  1. Blanche egg yolks with sugar and relax.
  2. Put butter in pieces and salt on the floor.
  3. Take the butter in your hands and cross your fingers.
  4. The floor passes through your fingers.
  5. Note the pieces of butter coating the floor.
  6. The finished product should form a fountain.
  7. Quickly incorporate the elements using a dough cutter without giving it to any body.
  8. Form a ball.
  9. For variation make almond shortbread.

It looks delicious. Happy New Year one and all!

19 thoughts on “New Year and Rhubarb Pie

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    I’ve never had rhubarb before. What does it taste like Bruce? Any comparisons? When I get quiet time I’m visiting your songs.

    This looks great.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      It is very tart and needs sugar. The leaves are poisonous. You eat the chopped (and peeled) stems boiled in a bit of water and sugar – sometime with an apple or two thrown in.

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  2. Herb

    My Grandma used to make strawberry & rhubarb pie and my other Grandma used to make rhubarb kuchen but I don’t remember either of their recipes being as exquisite as this French one.

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  3. noelleg44

    My husband’s favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb, tart and sweet. After spending years trying to find a good pastry recipe that worked every time I settled on Ina Gartens, the Barefoot Contessa. Works every time!

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    1. Bruce Post author

      That’s perfect;y true, Val, although one must surely feel a little sorry for the rhubarb. I know from personal experience, as indeed you possibly do too, that rhubarb detests all that transcendental stuff.

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  4. Kally

    “Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” – Göran Persson

    Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness, and prosperity for you. Happy New Year.

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