Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I love to bake, and strawberry rhubarb pie is hard to beat.

My homemade Strawberry Rhubarb pie

Nothing has the sweet taste of summer like fresh strawberry rhubarb pie.

You can use a pre-made crust, but nothing tops the Joy of Cooking‘s Deluxe Flakey Pastry. Sure, it’s full of butter. But it’s pastry! That’s the point of pastry, right?

Homemade flakey pastry pie crust

Making your own pie crust isn't as hard as you might think, and it tastes even better than it looks!

You don’t need fancy pastry-making tools. For years, I made my pie crust with 2 forks and an empty wine bottle for a rolling pin. Don’t let the lack of special tools deter you!

Auntie's little pastry helper

Approach pastry making with the enthusiasm of a child & it's hard to go wrong.

Once you’ve got your pastry, it’s time for the filling. I’m a no-fuss sort of baker, and I like the simple recipes provided on the back of the Minute Tapioca box.

Kraft Minute Tapioca

Tapioca Fruit Pie Recipes

They offer a great starting point, especially if you’re new to baking fruit pies.

Plus, I prefer tapioca over corn starch as a thickener.

Here’s my modified recipe:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Pastry for 2 crusts

2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb stalks
2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 – 1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Minute Tapioca
zest of 1 orange

Mix together fruit, sugar, tapioca & zest. Let stand 15 minutes.

Line pie dish with pastry. Fill with fruit. Dot with 1 Tablespoon butter. Top with 2nd pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits on top to allow steam to escape.

Bake ~45 minutes at 400F degrees, until juices bubble and crust is golden.

Golden Flakey Pastry Crust

Golden pastry crust with a sprinkle of sugar... Mmmm!

If you use frozen fruit, add another 1/2 cup or so (each) to make up for the air space in your measuring cup. Do not allow fruit to thaw completely, or you’ll end up with some very wet filling.

Both rhubarb and strawberries keep beautifully in the freezer. For rhubarb, simply wash the stalks, cut into 1/2 inch chunks and toss into a plastic bag.

Freezing Strawberries

Strawberries will retain their individuality if frozen on a cookie sheet without touching.

For strawberries, I prefer to set individual fruits out on a cookie sheet to freeze, then toss into plastic bag. Freezing first on a cookie sheet helps the fruit stay in individual pieces.

Fresh Strawberries for Freezing

Mmm... local strawberries picked at the height of ripeness ready to be frozen for later use.

So there you have it… Fresh strawberry rhubarb pie made easy.

Sweet Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Homemade strawberry rhubarb pie is absolutely worth the effort.

If you’ve never had it before, I encourage you to give it a try. Then come back and tell me what you think. I’d be astonished if it wasn’t at the top of your favorite treats.

Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

Since rhubarb made its Spring debut in my garden this week, I thought I’d share some favorite rhubarb recipes, starting with a delicious jam.

My Rhubarb in April

A cold-loving plant, rhubarb thrives in the North Country without a lot of fuss.

I got this simple recipe from the UAF Extension Service’s rhubarb recipes handout.

My Rhubarb Patch in May

By the end of May, my rhubarb patch is in full production.

(They also publish a helpful flier on growing rhubarb.)

My Rhubarb in August

Rhubarb is a hearty perennial that produces well into August in my garden.

I’ve made this jam for over 14 years, and often wondered why it’s called “marmalade” when there isn’t any citrus peel included.

June Rhubarb Harvest

I picked nearly 10 lbs. of rhubarb to share at music camp last summer.

However, after searching online, I concluded that “marmalade” can simply mean any jam-like fruit preserve. Besides, rhubarb has a distinctly citrus-y taste.

Organic Homegrown Apples

"Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds & the bees, please!" - Joni Mitchell

Plus, it’s just fun to say “Apple Rhubarb Marmalade” out loud (go on, give it whirl…), so I’ll keep the name. Just know you won’t need any citrus peel for this preserve.

You will, however, need some apples. We have 3 old apple trees, so I try to use our own.

Peeling Apples by Hand

I make a game of trying to remove an apple's peel in one long spiral.

So, without further ado, I give you:

Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

3½ cups sugar
5 cups rhubarb stalks, cut fine
5 cups apples, peeled & sliced thin

Place alternate layers of sugar and rhubarb in a glass bowl. Let stand overnight.
In the morning, add the apples and simmer 1½ to 2 hours.
Pour boiling hot into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Adjust caps.

Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath.

Yields 6 half pints.

Jars of Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

Putting up my own fruit preserves feels like money in the bank come winter.

Simple and delicious!

What about you? Do you have a favorite rhubarb recipe? Do you make other preserves?

Rhubarb – North Country Harbinger of Spring

Early spring is ugly here in New England. My garden looks forlorn, lonely, bedraggled.

Dreary Garden in Early Spring

After a strange, non-winter, what little snow we had has melted, leaving Mud Season in it's place.

But, look closer and you see it: the 1st rhubarb stalks emerging from the cold, wet ground.

NH Rhubarb Patch in March

Amidst the mud & debris, it's easy to miss the small red & green of signs of Spring returning.

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that we treat like a fruit. It’s the exact opposite of tomato, an annual fruit we treat like a vegetable.

Rhubarb Bud Emerging

Emerging rhubarb signals the start of Spring in New Hampshire.

The beauty of perennials is that they return on their own, without much work on your part.

Rhubarb Budding Out

Rhubarb's giant green leaves burst forth from reddish buds.

Our old-growth rhubarb patch returns early each Spring with great zest & vigor.

Emerging Rhubarb Leaves

Rhubarb leaves burst forth with an infectious joy for living.

Another benefit of looking closely?

Volunteer Pansy

What I thought were weeds in my raised garden beds turned out to be volunteer pansies.

These cheerful annual pansies self-seeded & volunteered to brighten up my muddy garden, all on their own.

Despite the dreary mud, it’s hard not to feel hopeful & glad.

Happy, happy Spring, everyone!