So if you follow me on Instagram, maybe you know that I was in a fight to the death with some of the MILFy mommies of Tribeca for the last rhubarb in Whole Foods. Ok it wasn’t a fight to the death… more like me frantically running through the produce sections and grabbing the last stalks of rhubarb, holding it up as if I had found the Holy Grail, and then regaining normal composure (what would my mother say? She would have said get that rhubarb as fast as a hot knife in butter!).
Growing up, rhubarb was a mythical vegetable (Is it a vegetable or a fruit? Apparently New York thinks it’s a fruit, but everywhere else deems it a veggie.) to me. My mother, who is from Illinois, loves it and would talk about amazing pies and tarts that would pop up right around the same time as spring. In Georgia though, rhubarb is rare. It gets too hot too quickly, so there’s not much rhubarb around. I honestly had never even seen it until moving up to New York. As a child, I thought it was a special type of strawberry – boy was I mistaken!
So when I discovered I could not only buy it, but I could buy enough to really test it out – y’all I was all over it! It was such an exciting day. So get ready because over the course of the next month or two, you’ll probably get a few rhubarb recipes. But let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to eat rhubarb at every chance they get? I’m officially obsessed with it!
I started out with a simple and classic tart. I have to tell y’all I’m in love with the combo of pistachio, rhubarb, and – YES!- coconut. You may not have guessed it, but rhubarb is great with coconut. And who doesn’t want a little beach vibe to get us right to May?
RHUBARB COCONUT & PISTACHIO FRANGIPANE TART
3 tbsp hazelnuts
1.5 tbsp unsalted pistachios
5 tbsp sugar
1 egg (whisked)
2 tbsp butter
a dash of coconut extract
about 7-9 sticks of rhubarb, depending on thickness
1 roll of puff pastry (either from grocer or homemade – here’s a great recipe from Epicurious)
1 tbsp chopped pistachios, a bit of salt, powdered sugar, or shaved coconut (if you need a bit more tropical in your life)
And just like that, you’ve got yourself a rhubarb tart.