May 24, 2012

Deep-Dish Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

So........... we haven't posted anything in quite a while, but we're still here!  It's gardening season here at the Cook house and let me tell you, we've been doing a lot of peanut butter and jelly!  I was going to post a great recipe for peanut butter and jelly.  But after hearing about all the mocking a famous food celebrity received for her English peas, I knew I wouldn't stand a chance!   :)  I've been very busy preparing raised beds for some vegetables-that's what you do when you have play-doh for garden soil.  My son told me we really need to open up a pottery.  Well, after all this hard work, I finally made time to make my absolute favorite spring pie-strawberry-rhubarb!  I found this recipe in a great little pie book years ago and it's the only one I've ever made-it's that good!  A delightful combination of tart and sweet, it's a perfect treat with a cup of coffee!

1/3 cup flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
pinch of salt
3 cups small strawberries, hulled
2 cups trimmed and 1/2-inch
sliced rhubarb
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
one prepared pastry for a double crust pie

Crushed Sugar Glaze:
2 tablespoons ice-cold water
crushed sugar cubes (about 6)

Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add the rhubarb and strawberries, toss well, and let stand for 1 minute.  Line a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with one layer of dough.  Spoon the filling into the pan, mounding slightly toward the center.  Dot with butter, cover with the extra round of pie dough, seal and crimp the edges.  For the crushed sugar glaze, brush the top of the pie with water and sprinkle with crushed sugar.  Cut several steam vents in top of pie, using a sharp paring knife.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees, and continue baking for 35-40 minutes longer, or until the pastry is golden.  Transfer to a cooling rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  

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