Friday, May 07, 2010

Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Pie is a favorite of my Mom's and it was a favorite of my Grandma Curtin's. Grandma had cultivated a rhubarb crop in her backyard garden for years, and then my Mom transplanted some of it to my home when I was growing up. (This is not a photo of ours, just one I found online.) I never really appreciated it then, but I'd love to have my own plant here and then make pies...

This is also from the Betty Crocker Pies and Pastry Cookbook I wrote from yesterday.
Fresh Rhubarb Pie
8-inch pie
Pastry for 8-inch two-crust pie
1 - 1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup Gold Medal Flour
1/4 tsp. grated orange, if desired
3 cups cut-up rhubarb (1/2-inch pieces)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Heat oven to 425F. Prepare pastry.  Stir together sugar, flour and orange peel. Turn half of rhubarb into pastry-lined pie pan, sprinkle with half of sugar mixture.  Repeat with remaining rhubarb and sugar mixture; dot with butter. Cover with top crust which has slits cut in it; seal and flute. Sprinkle sugar over top crust. Cover edge with a 2-3 inch strip of aluminium foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking.  Bake 40 - 50 minutes or until crust is nicely browned and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.  Serve slightly warm.  If desired, top with ice cream or whipped cream.

Yum. There's a Strawberry version too:  Substitute sliced fresh strawberries for half the rhubarb and use the lesser amount of sugar.

I had so much fun with my Crazy About Cakes presentation at the Wauconda Area Public Library last night where the lovely Terri asked me to come speak. Terri is a wonderful cook and visiting with her is so much fun when I go up there. The audience had wonderful stories. Many promised to write, and I hope they do!


Kathleen Ernst said...

Rhubarb is a spring favorite! We just planted several plants. I like going into the fall with plenty in the freezer!

Molly MacRae said...

Rhubarb is one of our favorites, too. So many good desserts you can make with it. We like rhubarb pie, rhubarb crumble, and rhubarb upside-down cake. Mmmm mm, rhubarb!