Some people have 4th of July traditions. Not me. Every 4th of July is different over here. Last year, I went to Morro Bay with my sister and her friends and hung out on a boat. That was awesome.
The year before, I went to Burlington, VT with some friends and hung out on a boat on Lake Champlain.
Also awesome… boats were becoming a trend, no complaints there. This year was much more low-key, but equally fun. I’ll spare you the rant about how unfortunate it was that 4th of July fell on a Wednesday this year. Instead, let’s talk pies.
Pies feel super American to me.
You know what else feels super American? Rhubarb.
It’s probably not, but I wasn’t introduced to rhubarb until I lived in Central NY, now it feels like a hidden secret that the middle of America let me in on. It randomly came in one of my CSA shares, and I had no idea what to do with it. But after an apple-rhubarb crisp making adventure, I was hooked. Ever since I pretty much think it’s the most amazing, tangy tasting vegetable on Earth.
The best part: It’s a vegetable that gets turned into dessert. I can get behind that.
So randomly one day last week I saw rhubarb at the grocery store. It sparked an idea in my brain as I had coffee on Wednesday morning… Like all good baking ideas, it was to impress a boy. I bet he’s never tried rhubarb. But let’s be honest, rhubarb can be intense so I went the traditional route and paired it with strawberry.
I was right. He had never had rhubarb. But for someone who shares my affinity for putting lemon on everything, I knew the tangy-ness was going to be a hit.
So the next time you want to feel patriotic and/or impress someone, make this pie. It won’t disappoint… I should also warn you that like all other things, I put bourbon in this too. Bet you didn’t think those would go together, right?
Yeah they totally do.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Touch of Bourbon
Single Pie Crust:
175g All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Sugar
pinch of Salt
1 stick of Butter, cold
2 tbsp (maybe more) Ice Water
2 heaping cups fresh chopped rhubarb (about 1/2 pound)
3-4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp bourbon/whiskey
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tbsp White Sugar
pinch of Salt
3 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp bourbon
Prepare pie crust by combing flour, sugar and salt. Using your fingers, break the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles very coarse crumbs (even pea sized is fine). Add ice water and bring it all together into a ball using your hands. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate a few hours. You can make this up to two days in advance. I actually had one freezer, already in the pie dish, stored in a ziploc bag, for about a month or so (making this whole pie making business wayyy easier).
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Prepare the filling. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside while you make the crumble topping, by combining all the ingredients and breaking up the butter with your fingers until you get a coarse texture.
Pour filling into prepared pie pan (note: if you have an enormous pie dish, you might want to do more of the filling, the pie dish I used is way smaller than other glass pie dishes I own, so be warned), top with crumble topping, place pan on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake for about an hour (mine took about 1 hr and 10 minutes) or until juices are bubbling like woah (that’s really the best way to describe it).
Once the pie is golden, gooey and ready. Allow it to cool completely. Then serve.
This one was a winner. Not to mention the crumble topping gives it a nice crunch and you don’t have to worry about rolling most crust for the top or taking on the lattice.
I might have to make it again, it might just happen, because in addition to July being the month for Independence Day, it’s also birthday month. You know what the mean? Pie and cake-making must happen.
Any suggestions for pie/cake flavors I should try out?