Can you just say YUM?
Honestly I was so scared to make this pie.... Even thinking of Rhubarb made my face crinkle up in the most obnoxious way. But ~ and this is big but~ there is so much rhubarb down at my parents old house that was going to waste. That just goes against everything in me to allow that to happen. So I hopped in our little beater pick'em'up truck and went Rhubarb hunting. It was a dangerous mission ( in my mind at least) as I slowly crept through the grass toward the rhubarb patch. I even wore my cowboy boots just in case I stumbled over a sneaky snake. I was wishing I had brought along my trusty sidekick Daisy as I stood staring at the plants. Come on Brandi just reach in there and pull some out... you can do it. After my little pep talk I reached in and ripped some stalks out as fast as I could... Whew... no snakes! On a little side note ~ when we lived down there growing up it wasn't uncommon to see a snake often times a rattlesnake and since my Mom wasn't there to protect me I was a little (okay a LOT!) nervous. Seriously I can be such a baby. So after removing the poisonous leaves and the ends of the stalks it was off to the truck and back home....
To make this awesome Strawberry Rhubarb Pie...
3-4 Big Stalks of Rhubarb, sliced
1 Quart Strawberries sliced or chunked (I used equal amounts of rhubarb and strawberries)
1 Cup or a little less of Sugar
3 Heaping TBSP cornstarch
Dough for a two crust pie ( I used the recipe out of my old Betty Crocker cookbook)
1 Egg ~ beaten
1 tsp sugar
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar and cornstarch. Line pie plate with one crust and then add filling. You can use the lattice technique which is super simple ~ even though I thought it would be way hard~ cut your rolled out top crust into strips and starting from the center lay them down and weave them in. Crimp the edges and brush egg over the lattice crust then sprinkle with sugar. Bake from 60 -70 mins. Be sure to place a baking sheet underneath to catch any runaway pie filling.
And that's how it's done. Rhubarb is actually awesome ~ who knew? Smiles ~ Brandi