Emma Bakes… Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Ok. So I think it’s safe to say that as an Irish person you pretty much love a bit of rhubarb tart. I know I do. Heated up with some cold custard. Niiiiiiiiiiiice! And that’s what I would have made, only the rhubarb in my freezer went a bit funny (it was there since last summer) and the plants in the garden only had a few fresh stalks. So what do you do in times like these, dear reader? You compromise like a mofo. That’s what.
I remembered some North American friends of mine talking about how nice strawberry rhubarb pie was, so I legged it to Tesco, got some frozen strawberries and flung this together. And let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS! Dare I say it? It might even be better than plain ol’ rhubarb tart. Try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Ingredients: Makes 1 x 9 – 10 inch Pie
For the Pastry
- 2 ½ Cups Plain Flour
- ½ lb Cold Butter, cubed
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- Approx ¼ Cup Ice Cold Water
- 1 Egg, beaten
For the Filling
- 450g Rhubarb, chopped into 1/2inch chunks
- 450g Frozen Strawberries, thawed
- 1 Cup Caster Sugar
- ½ Cup Cornflour
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
To make the Pastry
Turn on the processor and slowly start to pour the cold water down the opening until the dough just about clumps together. You may not need all the water. On the other hand, if the dough hasn’t come together after you’ve added all the water, add in a little more. You don’t want a wet and sticky dough though, so watch out!
Empty the dough out onto your worktop and push it together into 1 lump. Cut the dough into 2 equal pieces and form each piece into a flattened disc.
To Make the Filling
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Take a scissors or a knife and trim off all but 1 inch of overhanging dough from around the edge of the pie dish. Take the top edge of the overhanging dough and tuck it under the bottom then, using your thumb and forefingers, crimp around the edges of the pie. There’s no right way to do this, just make it look as good as you can. You can always just press it down with the prongs of a fork.
Bake for 1 hour. Then allow to cool for at least an hour before slicing and eating. Throw a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream on the side for good measure. Sure why not?