Wow…this was a recipe full of “firsts”:
- first time buying, using, or tasting rhubarb
- first time using 4 sticks of butter in one recipe
- first time grating frozen dough to make a crust
- first time using a vanilla bean
I actually really enjoyed making this recipe for that exact reason! Because of this recipe, I now know what rhubarb is and what it tastes like. It was an interesting process working with the rhubarb…can’t say I really liked the smell of it while I was making the filling but it did taste ok once it was done. I did think it would be a more vibrant red color though…maybe mine in the raw form weren’t red enough.
I had trouble using my vanilla bean…it wouldn’t split open very well to scrape out the seeds. I put the whole pod in the way the recipe called to do and somehow in the filling you could see all the vanilla seeds so I guess it worked out ok. 🙂 I made the filling a day early which worked out well and allowed it to firm up a bit. The next day I mixed up the dough….yes…that is 4 sticks of butter!!!!!!
Seriously, that is too much…although the recipe is good, and everyone loved it, this might be reason enough for me not to make it again. I thought the strangest part of this recipe was grating the frozen dough. It was really easy to do…just didn’t look like cheese…in color or consistancy.
I thought this dough was really easy to work with. I par-baked the bottom layer for 20 min as suggested on the p&q page. It seemed to me it could have used a little longer but I am really thankful I followed the suggestion. I think if I was to make this again I would add more filling. I used one cup as the recipe stated but it wasn’t that pronounced of a taste…in fact a few people, including me, said that these tasted like lemon bars which is funny since there were no lemons. 🙂 If you would like to have the recipe, check out our host blogs: 1smallkitchen and The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler. I think this recipe was very good and easy to make. Based on everyone’s reviews it will be a keeper…but only once in awhile with all of that butter!!! ;0