It’s Summer. Time For Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!

24 Jul

Photos - 5996What!? I know! Where the hell have I been? I’ve been incredibly rude by not posting, and I apologize. But I tell you, there’s been so much going on this summer I haven’t known if I’m coming or going half the time. I’ve only got time to write this because I’m on a 5-hour train ride down the coast to a client seminar.

I also must admit, I’m loving Santa Barbara. There are so many wonderful distractions it’s made it easy to ignore my little blog—my garden, my new running buddy, restaurants, our new bikes, parks like the Douglas Preserve, events like the Solstice parade…and let’s not forget the new, larger kitchen.

Photos - 5989It’s true. I haven’t stopped cooking, I just haven’t had the time to get everything on to the blog. My camera is filled with photos of food, food I’ve been told is delicious, so I’ve got to get it out to you so you can decide for yourself. And the garden is really starting to come into its own—more on that soon!

I actually made this recipe over Memorial Day weekend (yes, that’s how backlogged I am!), but it’s a summer classic. It reminds me of my mom—she made strawberry-rhubarb pie on occasion, and I loved it. It was always much better than her strawberry-only pie, which was covered in some red goo that’s hopefully classified as toxic today. And since she’s been gone for (gulp!) 20 years next month, it’s a wonderful way to remember her.

Photos - 6001But people, if you try this pie, please use tapioca pearls. I thought that tapioca flour would work, but dear readers, it does not. It was still tasty and tangy (and of course my vodka pie crust rocked!), but I hated to see that the filling was a little soupy.

So, here you go. The best thing to happen to strawberries and rhubarb in some really flaky crust. Oh, and make sure to bake ahead of time. This is not a served-fresh-from-the-oven pie. You need to give the juices time to gel, like a few hours.

Photos - 5990Strawberry-Rhubarb-Ginger Pie

Pie crust dough for a two-crust pie (Use your favorite recipe, but I really recommend mine)
3 1/2 cups (about 1.5 lbs., untrimmed) rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 1/2 cups (about 1 lb.) strawberries, hulled and sliced or quartered, depending on size
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water or milk

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Put rhubarb, strawberries, sugars, lemon, ginger, salt and tapioca in a large bowl and stir until well coated. Set aside while you roll out half of your dough to roughly 12 inches in diameter. Transfer carefully into your pie dish. I usually do this by rolling the dough loosely around the rolling pin, then rolling it out over the pie plate. Easy peasy.

Pile the filling in the pie pan over crust and top with the pieces of unsalted butter. Roll second half of pie dough into an 12-inch circle. Do you want to get fancy and do that beautiful lattice-top pie like I did? Watch this video. Yes, I should have made my own video, but if I can’t find the time to write a blog for almost three months, you think I got the time to film and edit a video? That’s what YouTube is for. This one’s from Pillsbury. Use their directions, but don’t use their dough. Please. You may as well eat paste.

You can just roll out the pie crust and put it on top, cutting some attractive slits in the top to let the steam escape. This part is really important. Don’t just throw the crust on top. It will be disastrous, believe me.

Trim top and bottom pie dough so that they hand over the pie plate edge by only 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Tuck rim of dough underneath itself and pinch with fingers.

ComboTransfer pie to a baking sheet covered in foil or parchment paper. If you’ve made this pie right, it will probably overflow and make a mess of your pan (or oven if you ignore the pan advice.) Brush egg yolk mixture over dough. Bake for 20 minutes then reduce temperature to 350°F and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until the pie is golden and the juices are bubbling.
Transfer pie to wire rack to cool, or a windowsill, if you want to pretend you’re Betty Crocker or in some sort of Leave It to Beaver episode. I can’t be held responsible for theft, accidental knocking over by pets or bird attacks.

Oh, and by the way, be prepared for my blog to be hijacked by this little guy. Yes, there will be another addition to the Tiny Kitchen Stories household! I’m going to have to publish my dog food recipe soon.



14 Responses to “It’s Summer. Time For Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!”

  1. judithfrasermft July 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Neal Fraser and Jason Bowlin are on Top Chef Masters. You can vote for them by going to Bravo Top Chefs. If you tell everyone you know they might have a chance to win. Thank you James and Jennifer. xx Judee

    • tinykitchenstories July 25, 2013 at 12:35 am #

      We always watch it and were excited to see Neal on the roster! We haven’t ever voted before, but this is different. Thanks Judee! Xoxo Jenn + James

  2. Joan the Dog Coach July 25, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    OMG Jenn, this looks delicious!!! You’ve inspired me to forgo the bar-cookie concoctions and pull out the pie making gear…although, I might try to combine both techniques and ingredients! Also, being that Puppy Pie is one of my favorite childhood books, I might have to forget all about baking and tend to puppy-cuddles! Thanks for posting Jenn – it’s great to have you back here in your TK 🙂

  3. Tracy July 25, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    And kisses to Kato! Miss you guys!

    • tinykitchenstories July 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      I’ll give him kisses when I see him this Sunday! Miss you too–glad we got some time to hang this weekend. Xo

  4. Lauren Bair July 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    WHO IS THIS PUPPY CHILD! OK, I love rhubarb and am like, insanely jealous of your abilities to blend booze into pie crust (It can go there?! I thought it was only for storing in the tank of my toilet). But this puppy is going to make me your number 1 blog-stalker. I apologize in advance.

    • tinykitchenstories July 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      I am glad that you will become my blog stalker, not least because that puppy is SO worth it! Did you SEE the brindle legs? His name is Kato after the Green Hornet’s sidekick. Can’t wait to get him home from the rescue on Aug 5th! *sigh* so in love!

    • tinykitchenstories July 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Oh, and I think I can blend booze into just about anything. It’s my super power.

  5. Mama's Gotta Bake July 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I know! Where have you been…but I do love the pie!

    • tinykitchenstories July 26, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Santa Barbara is just too distracting! Thanks so much–baking compliments from you are the best!

  6. girlinafoodfrenzy July 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    What a darling little addition to the tiny kitchen household and vodka pie crusts sound like a brilliant way to up the ante. I’ve heard they give the most incredible result, but am yet to try it yet 🙂

    Happy cooking & eating and keep us up to date with more pics of your gorgeous furry pal!

    • tinykitchenstories July 29, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      You must try the crust! It’s from Cooks Illustrated, where they really did their research. As for the furry little friend, there are more adorable photos on the way! 🙂

  7. An Unrefined Vegan July 30, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Oh that’s gorgeous. Is there anything better than crust? Or crust with juicy fruitiness?!

    I love that little boy!! What’s the story?

    • tinykitchenstories July 30, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      Not much better than crust, for sure! So many yummy fillings to choose from, including savory.

      As for the pup, you’ll have to wait for the next post! 😉 But he comes to our home for adoption on Monday. Cannot wait! 🙂

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