Strawberry and Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

This recipe, Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies, before the strawberries are gone from the supermarket, try making these hand pies.


Strawberry and Rhubarb Hand Pies Recipe


Strawberry and Rhubarb Hand Pies

¾ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

¾ cup finely chopped fresh rhubarb

½ cup Splenda or sweetener of your choice

1 Tbsp. tapioca, quick cooking

1 ½ tsp. grated orange peel

2 pie crust, refrigerated

1 egg yolk

1 Tbsp. whipping cream

2 tsp. sugar


Heat oven to 375 F.  Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.  In 2 quart saucepan, mix strawberries, rhubarb, ½ cup sugar, the cornstarch and orange peel.  Cook over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until bubbly and thickened.  Cool slightly.

Remove pie crusts from pouches; unroll on work surface.  With 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter, 14 rounds from each crust; reroll scraps.  On cookie sheet, place half of the dough rounds 2 inches apart.  Top each with 2 teaspoons fruit mixture.  Brush crust edges with water; top with the remaining dough rounds.  Press edges firmly with fork to seal.  Cut slits in top of each round.

In small bowl, beat egg yolk and whipping cream; brush over tops of pies.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve warm or cool.


(Recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies, Diabetic Connect, 2015)


Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert

Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert

Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert

Using fat-free cheese and yogurt plus light dessert topping help keep this chilled fruit dessert recipe low in calories, carbs and fat.


Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert Recipe

Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert

1   (8 oz.)  package fat-free cream cheese, softened

2   (6 oz.)  peach fat-free yogurt with artificial sweetener

½  (8 oz.)  container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed

1 cup chopped, peeled fresh peaches; frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed, drained, and chopped;


1 (8 ¼ oz.) can peach slices (juice pack), drained and chopped

1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries, raspberries, and/or strawberries, thawed, drained if frozen

Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Fresh berries (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and yogurt.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Fold in the whipped topping, peaches, and the 1 cup berries.

Pour into a 2 quart square baking dish.  Cover and freeze about 8 hours or until firm.

To serve, let stand at room temperature about 45 minutes to thaw slightly.  Cut into squares.  If desired, garnish with mint leaves and additional berries.           9 servings


(Recipe for Peach-Berry Frozen Dessert was in Diabetic Living Online)


Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries

Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries

Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries

In the food section of Newsday, Thursday June 20, 2013, there was a recipe for a Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries.  You can use caramel sauce for the Dulce De Leche sauce…so why don’t you give it a try!

Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries

Banana Split with Dulce De Leche and Strawberries

¼ cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

1 banana, split lengthwise

1 ½ coconut or vanilla ice cream

½ cup stemmed and sliced strawberries, plus 3 small strawberries, stemmed

¼ cup dulce de leche or other caramel sauce

2 Tbsp. sweetened flaked coconut, toasted


Whip cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until cream holds soft peaks.

Place banana slices in a long, narrow, shallow dish.  Arrange 3 scoops ice cream on top of banana.  Spoon sliced strawberries over ice cream and drizzle with about half of the dulce de leche sauce (or caramel sauce).  Top with whipped cream, drizzle with more dulce de leche and sprinkle with coconut.  Top each mound of ice cream and whipped cream with a small strawberry.  Serve immediately.

2 servings


(Recipe for Banana Split with Dulce DeLulce was in Newsday, June 20, 2013)


Nut-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Nut-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Nut-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


A sweet, crispy topping highlights these tender muffins that are filled with two favorite spring foods, rhubarb and strawberries.  They’re perfect for a bunch or a grab-and-go-breakfast.

                Audrey Stallsmith                                                                           Hadley, Pennsylvania


Nut-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins Recipe

Nut-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

2 ¾ cups flour

1 1/3 cups brown sugar

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

½ cup canola oil

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup fresh chopped strawberries

¾ cup diced fresh or frozen rhubarb

Topping:   ½ cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. cold butter

In a large bowl, combine the first six (6) ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in strawberries and rhubarb.  Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

In a small, combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 400 F. for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  Serve warm.        1 ½ dozen

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Wave-Your-Flag Cake

Wave-Your-Flag Cake

Wave-Your-Flag Cake

One of the Summer BIG celebrations is July 4th.  I was looking through my recipes, and I found Wave-Your-Flag Cake, it’s perfect for July 4th, which is right around the corner.

Wave-Your-Flag Cake Recipe

Wave-Your-Flag Cake

1 qt. strawberries (4 cups), divided

1 ½ cups boiling water

1 pkg. (8 serving size) Jell-O Strawberry flavor Gelatin

Ice cubes

1 cup cold water

1 pkg. (12 oz.) pound cake, cut into 10 slices

1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided

1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed


Slice 1 cup of the strawberries.  Halve the remaining strawberries; set aside.

Stir boiling water into the dry gelatin mix in large bowl minutes until completely dissolved.  Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups.  Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted.  Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).

Meanwhile, line bottom of 13×9 inch dish with cake slices.  Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently.  Spoon over cake slices.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Spread whipped topping over gelatin.  Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for “stripes” of the flag.  Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for “stars”.  Store in refrigerator.

(Recipe for Wave-Your-Flag Cake was in my recipe folder.)


Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie

Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie

Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


As soon as strawberries and rhubarb come into season, I pull out this recipe so I’m ready to make it when the fruit is at its peak.  The combination of flavors and textures simply can’t be beat.  This cheesecake truly tastes like springtime!

                LeeAnn McCue                                                                  Charlotte, North Carolina


Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie Recipe

Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie

1 package (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

6 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon peel

1 tsp. vanilla

Dash salt

1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)

Topping:   2 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb

¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. water, divided

1 ½ tsp. unflavored gelatin

½ cup sugar

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth.  Beat in the lemon juice, lemon peel, vanilla and salt.  Pour into crust.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring rhubarb and ¼ cup water to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender.   Drain.  In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over remaining water; let stand for 1 minute.  Stir gelatin and sugar into rhubarb.  Bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice.  Cover and refrigerate until slightly thickened.  Stir in strawberries.  Spoon over pie.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.       6-8 servings

(Recipe for Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie was in


Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

This recipe is well suited to the weekend cook as it’s to the novice.


Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe


Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

16 oz. strawberries, coarsely chopped into ½ inch pieces

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. orange juice

1 tsp. orange zest

4 oz. Neufchatel cheese

6 oz. nonfat vanilla yogurt

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 large graham cracker (1 rectangle or 2 squares), crushed into crumbs

Combine strawberries, sugar, orange juice and zest in a bowl and allow to sit at room temperature 20 to 45 minutes.

Beat Neufchatel, yogurt and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and silken.

Build the parfait in clear glasses;  Start with a layer of strawberries, top with the creamy cheese mixture, sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and repeat, ending with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture topped with a strawberry.  Refrigerate until serving.            2 serving

(Recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait was in Newsday, Thursday, May 9, 2013)


Fruit Jewel Cheesecake Recipe

Fruit Jewel Cheesecake

Fruit Jewel Cheesecake

This creamy rich cheesecake crowned with glazed fruit makes a spectacular dessert.  Why don’t you try this Fruit  Jewel Cheesecake that is made with fresh blueberries, kiwi, strawberries and pineapples then topped with a Citrus Glaze?

Fruit Jewel Cheesecake Recipe

Fruit Jewel Cheesecake

 Crust:   1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cupmargarine or butter, melted

Filling:   3 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 ½ cups dairy sour cream

2 tsp. grated lemon peel

Topping:   1 pint strawberries, sliced

2 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks, well drained

1 cup blueberries

1 cup kiwi

Citrus Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; press in bottom of 10 inch springform pan.

In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add sour cream and lemon peel; blend well.  Pour into prepared crust.

Bake at 350 F. for 50 to 60 minutes or until center is set.  (To minimize cracking, place shallow pan half full of hot water on lower oven rack during baking).  Cool.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Shortly before serving, carefully remove sides of pan; arrange fruit over cheesecake.  Spoon or brush Citrus Glaze over fruit.        16 servings

Citrus Glaze

1 Tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. cornstarch

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup water

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

¼ tsp. fresh grated lemon peel

In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Gradually add orange juice and water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel.  Cool.       ¾ cup

(Recipe for the Fruit Jewel Cheesecake was in Pillsbury Classic Cookbook, Show Off Desserts Sensational and Simple To Make, 1987)

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Strawberry Cream Pie Recipe

Strawberry Cream Pie

After looking through the magazine, Diabetic Living, I came across this recipe for a Strawberry Cream Pie.  I haven’t tried it, so I’m counting on my followers to tell me how it was.  Also, if it was easy to make and if you would make it again.

Strawberry Cream Pie Recipe

Strawberry Cream Pie

2 ½ cups strawberries

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

2 Tbsp. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

3 slightly beaten egg whites

1 Tbsp. tequila or orange juice

1 3-oz. package ladyfingers, split

2 Tbsp. orange juice

½ 8-oz. container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed

Sliced strawberries (optional) and Fresh mint (optional)

Place the 2 1/2 cups strawberries in blender container or food processor bowl.  Cover and blend or processor until nearly smooth.  Measure the strawberries, and you should have about 1 ½ cups.

In a medium saucepan stir together the sugar and gelatin.  Stir in the blended strawberries and lemonade concentrate.  Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and the gelatin is dissolved.  Gradually stir about half of the gelatin mixture into the egg whites.  Return mixture to the saucepan.  Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat about 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.  Do not boil.  Pour onto a medium bowl; stir in tequila or orange juice.  Chill until mixture mounds when spooned, stirring occasionally (about 2 hours)

Meanwhile, cut half of the split ladyfingers in half crosswise; stand on end around the outside edge of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom or a 9-inch springform pan.  Arrange remaining spit ladyfingers in the bottom of pan.  Drizzle the 2 tablespoons orange juice over the ladyfingers.  Then fold the whipped topping into strawberry mixture.  Spoon into prepared pan.  Cover and chill about 2 hours or until set.  If desired, garnish with sliced strawberries and mint.    Makes 8 servings

Nutrition facts per serving:  calories; 130, protein: 4, carbs: 22, fat,total: 3, cholesterol: 39, saturated fat: 2, dietary fiber total: 1 vitamin A: 146, vitamin C; 29, sodium: 48, calcium : 10, iron:  1

Recipe for Strawberry Cream Pie is from the magazine Diabetic Living)

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Berry Pudding Cake Recipe

Berry Pudding Cake

Like many of us, who are diabetic, I have this Berry Pudding Cake recipe for you.  I haven’t tried this recipe, so if you make this recipe, please let me know how it was.  I got this recipe from the magazine Diabetic Living and thought it would be a good summer treat.

Berry Pudding Cake Recipe

Berry Pudding Cake

Nonstick cooking spray

2 eggs

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Dash salt

1 cup fat-free milk

½ cup flour

½ tsp. baking powder

3 cups assorted fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries)

Preheat oven to 400F.  Lightly coat six 6-ounce individual quiche dishes with nonstick cooking spray.  Arrange in a 15x10x1 inch baking pan; set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt; whisk until light and frothy.  Whisk In milk until combined.  Add flour and baking powder; whisk until smooth.

Divide berries among prepared quiche dishes.  Pour batter over berries.  (Batter will not cover berries completely.)  Bake about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.  Serve warm.  If desired, sift powdered sugar over each serving     Makes 6

Nutrition facts per serving:  calories: 141, protein(gm): 5, carbs(gm): 26, fat total(gm): 2, cholesterol(mg): 71, saturated fat(gm): 1, dietary fiber, total(gm): 3, sodium(mg): 86

Diabetic exchanges: fruit: 1, other carb: 2


(Recipe for Berry Pudding Cake is from the magazine Diabetic Living)

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