Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baking: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

One of the first pies I make every season is strawberry rhubarb. Both strawberries and rhubarb ripen at around the same time in the spring/early summer so it makes for the perfect match. This sweet and tart pie is a great way to celebrate the upcoming bounty of fresh fruits and produce. Yeah I know it's summer now. I'm behind on posts. I'm always behind on posts.

Chop up the strawberries and rhubarb. Taste the strawberries though. If they're extremely sweet, you can leave out some sugar. If they're not that sweet yet, use the full recipe. I made the horrible mistake of not tasting one year and was left with a sour pie. Too sour.
Solid pie crust on the bottom, lattice on top. It's a messy job but worth it.
Bake until golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let cool overnight then slice. It's really good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe courtesy of epicurious.com

Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Bon App├ętit | April 1997
Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients
For crust
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
10 tablespoons (about) ice water

For filling
3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)

Preparation
Make crust:
Combine flour, sugar and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in shortening and butter until coarse meal forms. Blend in enough ice water 2 tablespoons at a time to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; cut in half. Flatten each half into disk. Wrap separately in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly at room temperature before rolling.)

Make filling:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
2. Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter flass pie dish. Trim excess dough, leaving 3/4-inch overhang.
3. Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into fourteen 1/2-inch-wide strips.
4. Spoon filling into crust. Arrange 7 dough strips atop filling, spacing evenly. Form lattice by placing remaining dough strips in opposite direction atop filling. Trim ends of dough strips even with overhang of bottom crust. Fold strip ends and overhang under, pressing to seal. Crimp edges decoratively. Brush glaze over crust.
5. Transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.

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