Friday, 24 December 2010

In the Kitchen: Pumpkin & Rhubarb Pie

Earlier in the week I promised to pass on my recipe for pumpkin & rhubarb pie (an experiment for Christmas drinks) and here it is! The 'final version' of the pie is in the oven as I write, with a failed pastry attempt earlier in the week. It is incredibly sweet, a little creamier than expected and, thankfully, the pumpkin & rhubarb work quite well together. The pumpkin tones down the 'tart' of the rhubarb, and the rhubarb brings out the sweetness of the pumpkin. What a team!

Pumpkin & Rhubarb Pie

I'm not known for my skill with numbers or measurements (I'm all about how food 'feels'). Ingredients listed are as I remember them. Add or take as you please :)


  • 1.2 kg whole pumpkin (with skin)
  • 500g rhubarb
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup quark (you could use cream, but this is low fat AND is slightly tart)
  • 1 egg (I'd suggest using 2, but we only had one left!)
  • 200g raw sugar


  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 ounces butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs olive oil

(Based on pastry recipe in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", Julia Child, Luisette Bertholle & Simone Beck)


  1. Rub butter & flour together
  2. Combine with all other pastry ingredients
  3. Knead for a minute 
  4. Cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge for an hour
  5. Roll the pastry out until it's big enough to cover your pie/tart dish of choice
  6. Once you've got the pastry nicely in it's dish, blind bake for 30 minutes in a 180 degree oven

  1. Cut pumpkin & rhubarb into large pieces and roast (with olive oil) for 45 minutes in 180 degree oven
  2. Remove skin from pumpkin
  3. "Mush" the pumpkin and rhubarb in a food processor
  4. Combine with all 'filling' ingredients

  1. Fill pastry with filling and bake in a fan forced oven at 160 degrees for one hour 
  2. Decorate in any way you choose (I sprinkled a little nutmeg) 
  3. EAT!

There you have it, pumpkin & rhubarb experiment a la little adelaide kate!

Have a wonderful Christmas. Eat too much. Drink too much. Laugh too much.

Kate xxx

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