Strawberry-rhubarb cutie pies

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 6:48 am

The hubby has many fun habits and qualities that make him unique and interesting (some may say weird), not the least of which is the way he eats pie.

I first became privy to this phenomenon at a holiday gathering at my mother-in-law’s shortly after the hubby and I were married.

We hadn’t yet had dinner but the hubby waltzed into the den, eating a wedge of pumpkin pie out of his hand like it was a piece of pizza. (Except for the fluted edge of crust, which he just leaves behind like some kind of heathen; that’s the part of the pie we fight over in my family.)

I’m from the school of thought that pie belongs on a plate and should be liberally slathered with whipped cream – especially at my mother-in-law’s house, because she uses real sweetened whipped cream instead of Cool Whip.

But the hubby prefers his handheld version.

He also adores strawberry-rhubarb pie above all others; in fact, he can barely amble past the strawberries in the produce section without mentioning his yearning for that sweet-tart combination in a flaky crust.

Unfortunately, strawberry-rhubarb pie has a soupier filling, so it doesn’t make for the best portable option.

Enter these personal-sized pies. Aside from being convenient and delicious, they’re probably the most adorable pastries I’ve ever baked.

No other name would do; we dubbed these cutie pies.

And my cutie pie of a hubby heartily approved.

Notes: The sweetness of the rhubarb and strawberries can vary greatly, so taste the filling and add more sugar if it’s too tart. (You can always add more, but you can’t take it back.)

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