I’m not blathering on today about how the flavors of this pie meld together in an explosion of yumminess. You just need this in your life. It’s perfect for Independence Day (or any day you happen to find rhubarb in your flower beds and do a little happy dance, as I did), and you’ll make people smile if you make it. So do it already.
Balsamic Raspberry Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- 2 Piecrusts for a 9” pie pan
- 1-1/4 cups sugar (1-1/2 cups if you’re using raspberries instead of Jammy Bits)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups lightly packed diced rhubarb, fresh or frozen
- 3 cups hulled, quartered strawberries, fresh or frozen (it’s easiest to cut the strawberries when they’re only slightly thawed, if you’re using frozen)
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup raspberry Jammy Bits (from King Arthur) or 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon butter
- coarse white sparkling sugar, to garnish
1. Line a 9” pie pan with one crust, crimping the edges. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
2. To make the filling: Whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt.
3. Toss the rhubarb and strawberries with the vinegar, then with the sugar mixture. Stir in the Jammy Bits or raspberries. Spoon the fruit into the pan(s), filling them about 3/4 full and mounding the filling a bit in the center.
4. Place dabs of the butter atop the filling.
5. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
6. Roll out the remaining crust, and cut it into star shapes.
7. Place the pastry stars atop the filling. Brush with water and sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired.
8. Bake the pie for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the crust nicely browned. Cover the edges with foil if it starts to get too brown.
9. Remove the pie(s) from the oven, and let them cool for an hour or so before serving.
10. The pie really needs to cool for at least three hours before serving, or it will be really messy. Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.