Sunday, June 24, 2007

A humble patch of rhubarb

On the far western edge of our yard, which is like unchartered wilderness as far as I'm concerned, is a small patch of rhubarb planted by the previous owner. I venture out that far like never so I often forget its out there. I don't really do anything to it, it just grows on its own! I thought I should try to make something with it since its out there all lonely and only visited by bunnies!


1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 pound fresh rhubarb, chopped
2 pints fresh strawberries
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar. Add strawberries and chopped rhubarb. Toss with sugar and flour and let stand for 30 minutes.
Pour filling into pie crust. Dot top with butter, and cover with top crust. Seal edges of top and bottom crust with water.

Apply yolk to top of pie, using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut small holes in top to let steam escape.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. Cool on rack.
This is first pie I've ever made. I did use pre-made pie crusts...I'm not ready to be making my own pie crusts. But this is certainly a step up from my usual routine. I admit to stopping by the Wal-Mart frozen food section when craving pie...ha. It looks pretty yummy. We haven't sliced it yet but it will be a treat for later. I've got vanilla ice cream too, of course! Eric seemed pretty impressed!

Who would of thought you could just leave a patch of rhubarb unattended and it would just grow and grow! And just for fun, this is what's beyond my rhubarb patch. Wide open spaces and fresh country air, people!


DeborahSW said...

Rhubarb kind of flies under the radar, huh? I made a strawberry rhubarb cobbler for Father's Day and everyone loved it - it's a great, different flavor! :)

Gillian said...

I love the rhubarb-strawberry combo! That pie looks so good... shame my hubby won't touch either of those fillings! More for me... lol ;)