PIE OF THE MONTH: Nauvoo Rhubarb Cream Pie


Howdy pie fans I just returned (covered in poison ivy) from lovely Nauvoo Illinois!
You non-Mormons are thinking “whaaa?” well... go look up the cool Mormon history about Nauvoo… and then forget it, because this is actually a pie recipe from the Icarians! (Now even the Mormons are saying “whaaa?”).
Well the Icarians moved into Nauvoo after the Mormons fled IL for UT, hoping to build a utopian society in the town the Mormons built up on the Mississippi river… Well as a friend wisely commented to me recently “probably not a great idea to name your Utopian society ‘The Icarians'”… BUT they were the FIRST to bring Rhubarb (aka PIE plant) to the Midwest … so GO Icarians!!!!

Nauvoo Rhubarb Pie

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 cup half & half
3 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
2 TB butter, cut in pieces
Pastry for a double crust 9-inch pie

Preheat the oven to 300° F. In a large bowl beat eggs. Add the sugars, flour, and spices. Mix in half & half, then rhubarb. Pour into the prepared shell and dot with butter. Top with crust, crimp the edges, and slash the top to let the steam escape. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling up in the center. Cool before serving . Did I mention: Go Icarians!!