Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

  • Serves

    makes 7 pies

  • Cook

    2 hours 30 minutes


For these portable fruit pies, Georgia-based chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson uses rice wine vinegar to make the flavors pop. He prefers it over other vinegars because it has a touch of sweetness that matches well with strawberries.

What You Will Need


For the Dough

  • 2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • 2 eggs

For the Filling

  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 oz. strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 2 oz. rhubarb, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 12 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 14 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pinch kosher salt


Step 1

Make the dough: Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a dough blender, two forks, or your fingers, cut butter into flour mixture, forming pea-size crumbles. Whisk milk and 1 egg in a separate bowl and add to flour mixture; work dough until smooth but with visible flecks of butter. (Alternatively, pulse ingredients in a food processor.) Flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour before using.

Step 2

Make the filling: Melt butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium. Cook strawberries and rhubarb until soft and jamlike, 6–8 minutes. Stir in sugar, vinegar, pepper, lemon juice, and salt; cook 3 minutes more. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and chill at least 30 minutes before using.

Step 3

Assemble and bake the pies: On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 1⁄4″ thick. Trim edges to make a 10″x12″ rectangle. Cut dough into six 4″x5″ rectangles; gather dough scraps, re-roll, and cut one more rectangle. Place 2 tbsp. filling in center of each rectangle. Whisk remaining egg in a bowl and brush edges of rectangles; fold one short side of dough over the other, encasing the filling. Crimp edges using a fork. Transfer pies to parchment paper-lined baking sheets and chill 20 minutes. Beat remaining egg; cover and chill.

Step 4

Heat oven to 400°. Using a fork, prick tops of pies; brush tops with the remaining beaten egg. Bake pies until golden, about 20 minutes; let cool slightly before serving.

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