Grandma's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
From the flaky crust to the just perfect combination of tart and sweet, this pie is sure to be a favorite!
Dovetailing Tip: Double the crust recipe so you have an extra crust to use day 5 for the triple Lemon Pie.
|2 cups||all-purpose flour, plus additional flour as needed, up to 1/4 cup|
|1/2 cup||cake flour (recommended: soft as silk)|
|3 teaspoons||sifted powdered sugar|
|1/2 cup||butter-flavored shortening (recommended: crisco)|
|1/4 cup||salted butter|
|1/4 cup||ice cold water|
|2 1/2 cups||chopped red rhubarb, fresh|
|2 1/2 cups||de-stemmed, washed and cut strawberries (in larger pieces)|
|1 1/2 cup||sugar (1 1/4 cups for high altitude)|
|2 tablespoons||minute tapioca|
|1 tablespoon||all-purpose flour|
|1/2 teaspoon||lemon zest|
|1/2 teaspoon||lemon juice|
|1/2 teaspoon||ground cinnamon|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|3 tablespoons||butter, cubed small|
|1||egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon water|
|large granule sugar|
Using 2 pastry blenders, blend the flours, sugar, shortening, butter and salt. Whisk the egg, vinegar and water in a 2-cup measure and pour over the dry ingredients incorporating all the liquid without overworking the dough. Toss the additional flour over the ball of dough and chill if possible. Divide the dough into 2 disks. Roll out 1 piece of dough to make a bottom crust. Place into a pie dish. Put dish in refrigerator to chill.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Mix the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, tapioca, flour, zest and juice of lemon, dash of cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well in a large bowl and pour out into chilled crust. Dot the top of the filling with the butter. Brush edges of pie crust with egg white wash. Roll out the other piece of dough and place over filling. Crimp to seal edges. Brush with egg white wash and garnish with large granule sugar. Collar with foil and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Decrease temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling starts bubbling. Higher altitude will take 450 degrees F and 400 degrees F respectively. Also, you can use a pie bird for extra decor. Let cool before serving.