Sunday, June 12, 2011

Garden to Table Challenge- Rhubarb Pie

It's no secret that I am a Pie Making Failure. There are a lot of domestic, housewife-y things I do a good job of, but making pies has never made it on that list.

But lo! What's this?

I've made a pie! A pretty one. And even better than being pretty... it tastes good, too.

I bought some rhubarb at the Farmer's Market, since it was about the only thing I could find that I hadn't already grown myself. I've only ever purchased rhubarb one other time, and the resulting cobbler wasn't all that good. But I gave it another go, and I'm glad I did.

I also (gasp) turned my back on the pie crust recipe my mother gave me, the same recipe every woman in my family uses to make incredible pies. It felt a bit like sacrilege, but I had to do it - mine just never turn out like hers do. This time I followed the recipe from my red and white checkered cookbook. The only change I made was using whole wheat flour. Which was probably pointless, considering the other main ingredient is Crisco. Pretty sure Crisco negates any health benefits of whole wheat flour. But whatever. It was really good.

The recipe:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

2 cups chopped rhubarb
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup raw cane sugar

Mix it all together until the fruit is well coated. Set aside.

Crumb topping:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. butter

Cut together with a pastry blender until crumbly.

I'll let you find your own pie crust recipe... mostly because I can't remember exactly how much of everything I used, and also because pie crust recipes are easy to come by.

Press the crust into a pie plate. Dump in the fruit. Sprinkle with the topping. Cover the edges of the pie with foil, bake for 30 minutes. Take off the foil, bake for another 30 minutes. And there's your pie.


~Holly~ said...

HI Julie! Just visiting from Greenish Thumb's GTTC. That pie looks delicious!! I'll have to get some rhubarb from the farmer's market next week. I've never tried rhubarb until last year. Tragic eh? Thanks for posting the recipe! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Okay, Julie. THAT looks DELICIOUS! Yum! I've got to catch up on your site a bit. Hope you are well.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Your pie look so delicious. I don't know how to bake a pie at all. Don't know how to make a pastry, once in a life thing to do that I have not achieved yet.

Wendy said...

Maybe the whole wheat flour negates the Crisco?

That pie looks (and I bet tastes!!) delicious and beautiful!