This pie always reminds me of Spring. It is a rhubarb and strawberry pie with a lattice top crust. Making a pie is always intimidating to me. It’s the crust. Either I have a problem rolling it out or I have a problem getting it into the pie pan. A lot of people tell me they have the same issues, but I keep trying to perfect the art of pie making here on Glen Road. This pie was a surprise in that for the first time in a long time I didn’t have any issues. I even put a lattice top on it without making myself nuts. It must have been the deep breaths and the frequent praying. The idea of rhubarb and strawberries mixed together in this pie was so perfect for Spring. I couldn’t wait to get a piece. We’ve talked about rhubarb and strawberries a lot here on Acorns On Glen. Spring just seemed the perfect time to mix them together for everyone to enjoy. Let’s get baking!
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
Up to 10 tablespoons ice water
3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices of trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled and 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)
Make crust: Combine flour, sugar and salt into a food processor. Using the pulse button, cut in shortening and butter into the flour mixture until coarse meal forms. Blend in enough ice water (2 tablespoons at a time) to form moist clumps. Gather dough into a ball; cut in half. Flatten each half into a 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. Combine first 7 ingredients into a large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
Assemble pie: Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface into a 13-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim excess dough, leaving a 3/4-inch overhang. Place into refrigerator so the crust can continue to chill after being worked with in this step. Chilled pie dough bakes the best.
Roll out second dough disk on a lightly floured surface into another 13-inch round. Cut into fourteen 1/2-inch-wide strips. Spoon filling into crust. Arrange 7 dough strips on top of filling, spacing evenly. Form lattice by placing remaining dough strips in opposite direction on top of 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. Place pie back into refrigerator so that it can chill again for several minutes. Chilled pie dough bakes the best.
Transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about another 30-35 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.
During cooking, it is important to keep an eye on the pie and keep baking until the sauce in the pie gets thick (versus watery in form). This may mean you will need to cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil or a crust cover to prevent it from burning. Once the sauce is thick, you know the pie is ready to take out of the oven. The sauce will continue to thicken during the cooling process. You can eat this pie plain or with a scoop of ice cream on top. Eating something fresh and in season is the eighth wonder of the world. This pie is the right pick for Spring. I hope you like it. What other Spring recipes are you cooking in your home?