Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Late spring early summer delights…

Strawberry rhubarb pie, an acquired taste but so desired by many.  When it’s done well, it’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet.  The rhubarb offers the late spring, new beginnings, seasonal flair.  Meanwhile, the strawberries are approach the height of their natural growing season, bursting with the sugars that have been breeding all winter long, just waiting to be released.  Pie, a perfect vehicle to deliver these gifts to your tongue.

Here’s a well tested and well appreciated recipe.  I Learned it from the food network, love it and pass it on to you.

Hope you enjoy too!

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour as needed, up to 1/4 cup

1/2 cup cake flour (recommended: Soft As Silk)

3 teaspoons sifted powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening (recommended: Crisco)

1/4 cup salted butter

Pinch salt

1 egg

2 teaspoons vinegar

1/4 cup ice cold water

 

Filling:

2 1/2 cups chopped red rhubarb, fresh

2 1/2 cups de-stemmed, washed and cut strawberries (in larger pieces)

1 1/2 cups sugar (1 1/4 cups for high altitude)

2 tablespoons minute tapioca

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons butter, cubed small

1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Large granule sugar

 

Directions:Crust Preparation:

 

Using 2 pastry blenders, blend the flours, sugar, shortening, butter and salt. Whisk the egg, vinegar and water in a 2-cup measure and pour over the dry ingredients incorporating all the liquid without overworking the dough. Toss the additional flour over the ball of dough and chill if possible. Divide the dough into 2 disks. Roll out 1 piece of dough to make a bottom crust. Place into a pie dish. Put dish in refrigerator to chill.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Filling Preparation:

Mix the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, tapioca, flour, zest and juice of lemon, dash of cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well in a large bowl and pour out into chilled crust. Dot the top of the filling with the butter. Brush edges of pie crust with egg white wash. Roll out the other piece of dough and place over filling. Crimp to seal edges. Brush with egg white wash and garnish with large granule sugar. Collar with foil and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Decrease temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling starts bubbling. Higher altitude will take 450 degrees F and 400 degrees F respectively. Also, you can use a pie bird for extra decor. Let cool before serving.

 

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