I love this combination of sour rhubarb and sweet, ripe strawberries for a pie. Here is a basic pie recipe that my friend Tammy taught me. It replaces part of the butter for the pie crust with cream cheese. I sometimes also use a combination of lard, butter and cream cheese.
for the crust
- 1.5 cup flour
- 0.5 cup cream cheese
- 1 cup butter
- 3 cups rhubarb, cubed
- 1 cup strawberries, cubed
- 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- cinnamon or vanilla
Cut butter and the cream cheese over top of the flour and quickly knead under the flour. Form a ball and chill for at least 1 hour.
Mix all ingredients for the fruit filling. Grease a pie pan. Roll out 2/3 of the dough and fit it in the pan, overlapping the rim. Spread the prepared fruit out evenly over the dough then roll out the rest to fit over the top of the fruits. Turn the overlapping dough over the cover. Poke several times with a fork. Then bake for 30 min. at 400˚F.
Tastes great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Any other fruit filling like apricots, blueberries, prunes or whatever you can think of works well. My latest experiment is apricots and strawberries.
What are your favourite pies?