Summer is literally around the corner and it’s definitely feeling like it with this smouldering weather! Luckily we’re going to have slightly cooler weather next week. So get out into the farms and pick locally grown strawberries for this delicious Strawberry Raspberry Rhubarb Pie. As a young girl, I vividly remember going with my parents to Krell Farm in Farmington, Connecticut to pick strawberries in the fields. Watching for snakes as you picked and putting tender ripe berries gently into weaved wooden baskets. Trying not to eat every single berry before you made it back to our farm.
My mom was a wiz at making everything homemade, especially pies! Crust was always homemade and never these roll out crusts in the refrigerator section. She always used the pie crust recipe on the back of the Crisco can. Now that pie crust was good. But, the last few years I’ve taken the time to make a pie crust that’s so much better. Flaky, buttery, melt in your mouth goodness. Many of you express that you struggle making pie crust from scratch. There’s nothing to fear with homemade pie crust. Just relax, take your time and make sure to keep your ingredients cold. I’ve found that a good combination of butter and lard makes the best crust. Don’t overwork the dough and you’ll be fine. Personally, I love making pie crust at night. Just mix everything up, plop into a large freezer Ziploc bag and let it sit overnight in the fridge to get super cold. The next day, you’ll find it’s super easy to roll out. Plus, you’ve made it ahead of time. Hopefully this one simple step makes your pie making the next day go smoothly!
Simply mix the fruit together with granulated sugar, lemon juice, and instant tapioca. Then, spoon that mixture into the bottom crust. Here I used a 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet. Gosh, you have no idea how addicted I am to cast iron. I love the Lodge brand. But, recently acquired a vintage Wagner grill cast iron pan and I love it! It’s wonderful for grilling up chicken or a NY Strip steak. Did I tell you that my favorite marinate for either chicken or steak is my Brown Sugar Whiskey marinate? Looking for that recipe? Pick up a copy of my new cookbook, A Farmgirl’s Table.
For this beautiful pie, I decided to do a thick strips of weaved crust. Super simple to do and the only tool I used was a sharp paring knife. Although a small pizza or pastry cutter would be ideal. You could just have a simple pie crust top, but with very little effort, have this gorgeous weaved crust instead. Why wouldn’t you take a few extra minutes to do this pretty weaved crust?!
Brush the entire pie with an egg wash and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for a little over an hour. I usually cut a hole in the center of a big piece of aluminum foil and place it over the pie part way through the cooking process. That way, the pie crust doesn’t get too brown and it lets the pie continue to cook. The air vent will allow steam to escape and the crust won’t get gooey. Okay- now let me know how your pie comes out! And definitely if you baked it in a cast iron pan for the first time. Let me know your thoughts!
- Pie filling:
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 2 1/2 cups rhubarb, sliced about 1-inch thick
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup instant tapioca
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Pie crust (double crust):
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup lard
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold
- ice water
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut in the lard and butter until you have pea sized pieces. Add plenty of ice to a glass measuring cup and fill with cold water. Add a little cold water to the dry mixture at a time. Squeeze together with your hands. As it comes together, place it into a large Ziploc bag. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- To make the pie, roll out the bottom crust. Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray or lightly brush with canola oil. Place the bottom crust into the skillet and trim the edges with kitchen shears.
- In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, instant tapioca, and sugar with a large spoon. Spoon the mixture into the prepared skillet. Roll out a top crust, cut out long strips of pie crust for a weaved top. Place three to four strips of pie crust in one direction. Gently fold back every other piece and place a strip of pie crust in the other direction. Roll under edges and press the edges down with a fork.
- Brush with an egg wash. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 1 hour or so. Until the filling is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. If the crust is getting too browned and the pie still needs to cook more, cover with aluminum foil with a hole in the center if needed. Let cool completely before slicing so the juices can gel up.