Strawberry rhubarb apple pie bakes fresh strawberries, rhubarb, and apples into a tender, buttery crust. The perfect trio of flavors for a spectacular dessert!
Phew! I don’t know what it is about the swirling vortex that is that last few weeks of school that sucks even non-existent free-time out the window. But it does. Every. Single. Year.
Who do I talk to about getting 27 hours in the day? Can someone get on that? Because I could really use the extra (caffeinated) few hours to get the “Me” things checked off the list. ‘kay, thanks.
So now that school is out, who wants some strawberry rhubarb apple pie?
A fat slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie should do nicely. Consider it my way of apologizing for my sporadic online presence for the past month or so. My gift to you, Friends. 🙂
Possibly the hardest things about trying to eat seasonally here Up North is the seemingly endless wait for summer berries. Especially when you have friends in southern locales that have been boasting about their Berry Bounties for over a month now. I’m
insanely jealous happy for them. Really, I am! But c’mon y’all…quit! Your Homage to All Things Berry is torturing those of use that can’t even hope to see a fresh berry for a few more weeks.
Especially when the rhubarb crop is in. I’m mean, seriously? How can any self-respecting Northerner be expected to eat rhubarb without strawberries to accompany it? Puh-lease! Epic fail, Mother Nature.
Food Dork Sidebar: Rhubarb is a sour vegetable that grows in long, red stalks that closely resemble swiss chard. Often it is heavily sweetened and paired with strawberries to be served as dessert. Unlike chard, the leaves must not be eaten, as they are poisonous. Also, rhubarb can have a laxative effect if eaten in too great a quantity, so watch your portions! (That last fact for for the benefit of my boys. Made them laugh.)
Desperate times call for desperate measures: a.k.a. purchasing California strawberries to go with Michigan rhubarb. Please forgive me. 😉
For Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie, preheat the oven to 350°F and gather: a couple of large stalks of rhubarb, one recipe of No Excuses Pie Dough, fresh strawberries, apples, a lemon, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and instant tapioca.
Rinse, hull, and slice the strawberries into 1/4″ thick slices. Toss the sliced berries into a large bowl.
As with many vegetables, the rhubarb stalk gets more fibrous with size. Since I had two huge-honkin’ stalks (>1-inch around) , I peeled the top and bottom skin so that it wouldn’t add a woody-texture in the pie.
Thinly slice the rhubarb (< 1/4-inch thick) before adding it to the berry bowl.
Now peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Toss the apple slices in the bowl with the rhubarb and berries.
Strawberry and rhubarb were obviously made for each other, but what’s with the apples? Well, I’ll tell ya! The Baby has recently developed the dexterity to open the refrigerator to fetch his own apples.
At random times. When I’m not looking and he decides he wants a snack.
With this new skill comes the after-effect of him often dropping a few apples on the ground. Apples which he then refuses to eat because they’ve been dropped on the ground.
At random times. When I’m not looking and he decides he wants a snack. Get the picture?
The Baby does, however, have the wherewithal to return the dropped apples to the ‘fridge, which I find bruised and battered at a later date. Good times. Bottom line? I had apples in need of a home, and while they aren’t commonly used in a strawberry-rhubarb pie, they add a nice texture to the filling.
Place the sugar and cornstarch into a small bowl; stir until combined. Stir in a few tablespoons of instant tapioca to the mix, too. Now, with most pies, I rely on flour or cornstarch mixed with the sugar to thicken the filling. I really don’t mind if the filling is a little runny, because I can just spoon that juice over the scoop of ice cream that will no doubt accompany my slice of pie. However, since both the rhubarb and the strawberries have a high water content, cornstarch is not enough, so adding a couple of tablespoons of instant (not large pearl) tapioca is necessary to help thicken the juices.
Since I’m already breaking the rules by adding apples, to my strawberry rhubarb apple pie, why not also stir a hefty pinch of cardamom into the sugar mixture?
The cardamom gives an unexpected warmth to the pie filling.
Pour the sugar/thickener mixture over the fruit/vegetable mixture.
Squeeze in a little lemon juice to add a bit of acid and color retention.
Give the filling a good stir before leaving it to macerate for 10 minutes.
Roll out the pie dough for the bottom crust of your strawberry rhubarb apple pie.
Gently wrap the dough around the rolling pin to transfer it to a 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
Be sure that the pie dough is well-seated in the pie plate with about 1-inch of overhang. Trim the edges to 1-inch if you have more of an overhang.
Spoon the macerated filling into the lined pie plate. Roll out the top crust, and place over the pie filling. Vent the top with slits or cut-outs to allow steam to escape while baking. Crimp to seal the edges, as desired.
Brush the top with an egg wash. If you need a little extra sparkle in your life, sprinkle a little raw or granulated sugar over the egg wash.
Need I remind you that I live with five males? I take every opportunity to add a little sparkle. Strawberry rhubarb apple pie or otherwise. 😉
Bake your strawberry rhubarb apple pie in a preheated 350° F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and the crust is golden. As with any pie, check it midway through the baking process, and cover edges with aluminum foil if they are browning too quickly.
If you’re like me and have been impatiently dreaming of summer berries, you’ll serve up a slice of pie warm from the oven–to heck with runny filling! I’m not gonna lie–I may have groaned a bit at my first bite of summer pie. The burst of sweet strawberries mixes so well with the tang of rhubarb–all of which is hitching a ride on the sweet texture of the apple–it’s absolutely divine! Totally worth the runny filling.
But Responsible Me should tell you that for best results, allow the pie to cool completely and then refrigerate overnight to allow for optimal thickening of the juices.
Don’t forget to add a scoop of ice cream to the top of your strawberry rhubarb apple pie!