The lady on the left taught me how to bake pies, amongst many, many other things. Thanks Mom. You’re the best. (Incidentally the lady on the right taught me how to bake some awesome banana bread. Thanks Aunt Sarah, you’re awesome too.)
I’m the blonde child with the giant red Solo cup that is partially obscuring my cousin’s face in this image. Sorry cuz. Looks like I was way more into the grape Kool-Aid or whatever that dark liquid is in the background than I was into smiling for the photo. Sorry about that Mom. You and Aunt Sarah look great. You make the 80’s look stylish.
I remember once when my mom was baking a pie (which she often did) and she had some leftover pie dough that she let my brother and I make our own mini pies with. I don’t remember the exact details but I think we were either short on fruit in the house that day or she was letting my brother and I get creative with the filling as I recall that my brother filled his mini pie with strawberry jam (smart move, bro). My choice? Grapes. Yeah. Raw green grapes. Not good. Pretty sure the family dog was the only one who enjoyed my pie that day…
But I totally appreciate the fact that my mom let us experiment in the kitchen and also just that she was such an amazing baker and mom and still is.
Her standards are peach, blueberry, or apple pies, but she must have made strawberry rhubarb pies back in the day too. I realized this today when I ate a bite of the strawberry rhubarb pie I made and it totally brought me back to my childhood and tasted like summer all at the same time.
Thanks for always being an inspiration Mom.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (adapted slightly from “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook”)
- 3 cups 1/2″-thick slices of rhubarb
- 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
Preheat oven to 425. Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl. Pour mixture into pie shell (see below for pie crust recipe). Place top pie crust over filling and crimp around the edges to seal to bottom crust. Slice vents into top pie crust. Cover the crust with aluminum foil to prevent crust from burning. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes more or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 2 hours before consuming.
Two Crust Pie Pastry (from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook)
- 2 cups all-purpose or unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
- 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into two flattened rounds. If desired, wrap flattened rounds of pastry in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes to firm up the shortening slightly, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky and lets the water absorb evenly throughout the dough.
Roll pastry on lightly floured surface, using floured rolling pin, into circle 2 inches larger than upside-down pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths and place in pie plate; or roll pastry loosely around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate. Unfold or unroll pastry and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side and being careful not to stretch pastry, which will cause it to shrink when baked.