Roasted Rhubarb and Raspberry "Pie"

Notes: The centerpiece of my raised garden in my backyard is a big rhubarb plant. Gio and I like to make pies from it. Always trim off the[ leaves, as they are toxic. This dessert from Tru came out of the need to try to use it as fast as it grows. I serve this "pie" with candied kumquat slices.]

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 (15 to 18-inch long) stalks rhubarb, trimmed and washed
  • 1 half-pint raspberries, plus 1 half-pint
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • For the crust:
  • 4 phyllo sheets
  • 4 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Split any larger stalks of rhubarb in half. Cut the rhubarb into 1/2-inch slices and place in a mixing bowl. Puree one half-pint of the raspberries with the orange juice and strain over the rhubarb. Add the vanilla beans scrapings, sugar, and cornstarch and toss well. Place in an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, carefully stirring half way through. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Place 8 (4-inch) flan rings on the pan. Place 4 sheets of phyllo on a work surface horizontally, cut them in half from top to bottom, and cover with a barely damp towel. Carefully brush the top sheet with melted butter, sprinkle it with sugar, gather it up, and place in the ring. Repeat with the remaining pieces.

  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the phyllo is golden brown. Let the phyllo cool in the rings, then use immediately, or place in an airtight container to store overnight.

  • If serving immediately, fold in the remaining half-pint of whole raspberries to the filling and sandwich it between the disks of phyllo. Or let cool and reheat the filling up in a microwave and fold in the whole raspberries. Sprinkle tops of the dessert with powdered sugar.


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