The Red Berries and Rhubarb Pie is so very easy to make. However, you have to be a little lucky with the decoration that it’s not overrun by the fruit juices. You can design any pie crust you like; the filling is made from strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb. A little lemon juice to add some tang. You will love these kind of fruit pies.
When you mother is more than 4,000 miles away from you there is only so much you can do on Mother’s Day. One of the things I did, was making a pie in her honor. My mother is a great pie baker and the best mother a girl can wish for. I did not only bake it for her, I also ate it for her. There is no way you can ship a pie across the Atlantic and expect it to arrive in good condition.
I like the combination of strawberries and rhubarb, but I added some raspberries, the other red berry, to the mix. I also tried to make the top pie crust Mother’s day specific and I think it came out OK.
Rhubarb is wonderful in a pie. It goes in hard and comes out wonderfully soft, stringy. Baking fruit results in a lot of released liquid. Strawberries and raspberries are no strangers to that. Too much liquid in your pie makes for a soggy bottom and often a filling that runs over your pie crust.
Therefore, I prefer to make the fruit mixture early in the process and mix it with the sugars, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice. Then place it in the fridge. It can cool down and the cornstarch can absorb some of the fruit juice.
When you are ready to put the fruit in the pie, you can drain some of the liquid off. Don’t drain all of it, just scoop the fruit mixture with a slotted spoon and you still have some liquid in the poie. By draining the fruit, you will also leave some of the flavor (mainly sugar) behind, but that may be just a good thing, don’t you think.
For the pie crust I made a special one for my Mother, being so far away. And even though we Skype on a regular basis, it is not the same as being there. So Mom, this Red Berries and Rhubarb Pie is for you! I am calling out “Love you, Mom”.
Red Berries and Rhubarb Pie
- 1 pie crust store-bought or homemade
- 1.5 cups rhubarb chopped
- 1 cup raspberries
- 3 cups strawberries chopped
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- turbinado sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Stir the rhubarb, strawberries, and raspberries, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice together in a bowl and place in the refrigerator.
- Roll out one of the pie crust on a floured work surface, so it is just a little larger than your pie dish. Leave the other crust in the fridge.
- Spoon the filling into the crust. Use a slotted spoon, so you can leave all the liquid in the bowl.
- Remove the other roll of pie crust from the refrigerator and roll it out just a little larger than your pie dish. Make a lattice or create your own topping. Whatever you decide; press the edges into the bottom pie crust edges to seal with your hands or with a fork. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough.
- Mix the egg and the milk and beat to mix. Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg/milk mixture and sprinkle the top with a turbinado sugar.
- Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the temperature down to 350 degrees F, while the pie is in the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. If the pie crust becomes to dark, cover it with some aluminum foil.
- Allow the pie to cool before serving.