SO I MADE this pie for Easter. Yup you heard that right – I’ve been sitting on these photos and this post since April. I’ve really been that busy. But the good news is that finding rhubarb was a bit of a chance back in the Spring (Whole Foods for the win!) but in the heat of summer this pie could not be more seasonally appropriate – extra points for you if you go and pick the strawberries yourself!
For some reason or another I’d been fixated on making a pie from scratch for a while now. My mom and I had done it a few times with success but every time I mention wanting to make the crust people’s eyes widen, get really serious and they give me a warning, “it’s really hard to make pie dough you know?”. Now, my mom and I are no Martha’s in the kitchen – I mean, we’re pretty okay but I wouldn’t say extraordinary ya know? I let these remarks intimidate me and since my usual partner in pie-dough crime was 3000KM away, I called in some reinforcements. Special thanks to Tiff who is always up for a challenge and also proved to be a fabulous hand model and pie-dough-maker too (see photos).
I found this article online and hung by her every word. She made 7 pies to uncover all the secrets to making the best pie. I’d trust her with my life at this point. That’s the recipe I followed for the dough.
Next step was to make the filling. I will have to admit that I don’t remember the recipe I used for this so you’re on your own for this one. The good news (well sorta) is that I didn’t particularly find this recipe out-standing. In fact my pie-filling was quite runny. My boyfriend’s family didn’t seem to mind but I still think they were just being polite. If you have a great Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe I want to hear it!
Then came the fun part! Making the lattice-top. I swear the actual pie was really for my boyfriend – making the lattice top – for some reason that’s the part of the whole pie experience I looked forward to (and enjoyed) most. I can’t explain the thing that fulfill me.
Making the lattice top was pretty easy. I used this awesome post that has way better step-by-step photos than I’ve got here. I suggest you follow her directions.
And Voila! There you have it. A strawberry rhubarb pie made entirely from scratch. I have to admit I was even pretty impressed with it’s counter appeal.
Ps. It’s my half-birthday today. 25.5 Whoa! I should have some pie to celebrate…3