Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crispy Rhubarb Pockets & a refreshing Rhubarb Drink

I couldn't resist picking up Rhubarb at Farmers Market recently. Torn between doing a few things I decided  to go for Crispy Rhubarb Pockets. To my surprise the recipe was easy to do & full of flavors. This was my first experience with Phyllo sheets & believe me it was a pleasant surprise. I'm determined to getting another lot to do some savory based dish next time. 

A Great outcome that you'd like for sure, so here's how we do it.

Ingredients for the Rhubarb Filling:
1/2 pound rhubarb (about 2 cups ½-inch diced)
1/4  cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract

Method: -
Combine the diced rhubarb,sugar, the cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium-low heat. 

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb releases its liquid and begins to breakdown, creating a thick, chunky sauce, about 10 minutes. 

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 
Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Layer 4 phyllo sheets, brushing each with melted butter.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
Now let us cut four 4-inch squares from phyllo stack. 

Place 2 teaspoons of filling in center of square. 
Brush phyllo from edge of filling to each point of square lightly with water. 

Gather points of square and pinch together just above filling.
Brush pouch with butter. Repeat process for all 4 pouches.
Place filled pouches at least 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet or baking pan. 
Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Take the pouches out and let them cool on wire rack for ~5 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Luckily I was left with almost 1/4 cup of rhubarb filling & decided to make us a rhubarb cooler drink,

A Quick Recipe ( Makes 1 Glass of Rhubarb Cooler)
2 Tsp Rhubarb Filling
1 Tsp Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
Few Mint Leaves
1 tsp Sugar

In a Glass of water mix some rhubarb puree, freshly squeezed lemon juice & a tsp of sugar.
Top it up with Mint leaves & enjoy chilled.

My Family loved the crispy filled Rhubarb pockets & our refreshing rhubarb drink.
Hope you like it too.

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