Yep, it’s happening. A rhubarb invasion on the blog. Prepare yourself.
When planning out recipes for the month of June I was plotting many ways to feature rhubarb. It’s such a curious plant and I just had to employ it.
My first memory of having rhubarb was during a road trip I took with my friend Ashley years ago. After touring 7 states we landed at her parents’ house in rural Idaho where their garden was abundant with the stuff.
While Ashley’s mom made us dinner one evening, her dad baked a pie: strawberry rhubarb. It was so delicious I knew I had to get my hands on some and try it for myself.
The funny thing about rhubarb is, it’s elusive. It doesn’t peek its head until late April, early May and only remains seen for a certain stretch of summer. Which is why I was anxious to get my hands on some come spring. Well, after multiple phone calls to area grocery stores and failed attempts at picking some up at markets, I finally spotted some and when I did, I stocked up.
Consider this the first of at least two rhubarb recipes in June if not more.
So these pop tarts.
They’re made with whole grain pastry.
They’re flaky and perfectly sweet.
They’re loaded with rhubarb and strawberry compote.
They require 7 ingredients.
They’re adapted from my Vegan Berry Pop Tarts (a must try).
They don’t need frosting but, why not? Life is short.
You simply must try these pop tarts. They’re the perfect way to celebrate summer fruit and indulge in a little something sweet.
If you do, snap a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. You guys know I love it when you show me what recipes you’re making from the blog. So get to baking and then get to Instagramming. Cheers!
- 1 cup rhubarb, stems removed, chopped
- 1/2 cup strawberries chopped
- 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
- 2 Tbsp raw sugar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- 2 cups flour + more for rolling (I used 1 cup whole wheat pastry + 1 cup unbleached all purpose)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup cold vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) + more for topping
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp melted vegan butter
- 2-3 tsp pomegranate juice (or other similar juice)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare the compote by placing rhubarb, strawberries, raw sugar, and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and smashing down with a spoon to muddle the fruit together. If it bubbles too much, turn down to low heat. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix flour and salt, then cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter until well combined.
- Drizzle ice cold water over the mixture in 1 Tablespoon amounts and mix with a wooden spoon until it starts to form a dough. It usually takes about 2-3 Tbsp, but you may need to add up to 5 Tbsp. It should be moist enough to form into a ball, but not too sticky to handle. Add more flour if it gets too wet.
- Turn onto a floured surface, gently shape into a disc, and then use a floured rolling pin to roll into a large rectangle. I find it helpful to place a sheet of plastic wrap over the dough while rolling to reduce cracking.
- Cut into 16 equal squares and carefully transfer to a baking sheet. My first attempt, I got 12 squares. Then I rolled out my scraps and got four more!
- Place about 1 Tbsp of the fruit filling onto 8 of the squares, leaving a 1/4 inch border to seal the edges. Then use your finger to run water around the edges so the two squares stick together. Top the squares with their matching halves and then seal lightly with a fork.
- Poke a few holes in the top of each pop tart, brush with a bit of melted vegan butter, sprinkle with raw sugar (optional), and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool and then top with glaze if desired. To prepare glaze, simply whisk together melted vegan butter, powdered sugar and add juice 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. The glaze is not necessary, but recommended for sweeter pop tarts.
- Store leftovers in a covered container at room temp for up to a few days.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 8 pop tarts without glaze.