Dad's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
So, I've alluded to the combination of strawberries and rhubarb a few times. It's finally time to reveal how they were combined!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
2 prepared pie crusts
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. tapioca
2 cups chopped rhubarb
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 Tbsp. butter
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Mix together the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, flour and tapioca.
Prepare a bottom crust in a 9 inch pie pan. Pour fruit mixture in.
Dot with small pieces of the butter.
Cover with the top crust -- either whole or lattice. If using a whole top crust, cut slits for the steam to escape.
Sprinkle the top with a little sugar (optional).
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the crusts are golden and the filling is bubbly.
As far as pies go, this one is really simple. There's not really anything fussy about it, unless you go for a lattice crust. And honestly, that's not really that hard either. I actually started with a store bought crust (as ashamed as I am to say it) because I didn't have time to make my own crust. But either way, you start with a circle 1-2 inches bigger than the pie on all sides. Prepare the bottom crust as you would if you were putting on a regular top crust -- fold down the edges or trim, if necessary, so they are not hanging over the pie plate more than 1/4-1/2 inch.
Lay one of the small strips left over (you only took every other one before, remember) across the remaining strips in the opposite direction.
Starting from the other end of the strips, fold the ones that are now underneath the strip going in the opposite direction back so that they are folded almost back to where they are under the strip.
Tuck the end of each strip between the bottom crust and the pie pan. Continue until you have tucked in each end.
My pie turned out pretty gooey -- which is a nice way of saying that it was pretty juicy and didn't stay in a nice piece when you cut it. I think it must have had to do with the fact that the strawberries were pretty juicy to begin with. But who ever said you needed to have a perfect piece of pie every time? Not me!