Friday, May 15, 2009

Because I Care

That you have some sort of new entertainment everyday (no matter how lame)...

Birthday Pie

I have been making this pie for the last 8 years. Mr F has been a life long Apple Pie fan and would have said that was his favorite... until the first time he sampled this. This has been his birthday "cake" ever since. This is seriously THE BEST fruit pie I've ever had. The blend of rhubarb, strawberries and blueberries is both sweet and tart and has much more depth of flavor than the traditional strawberry and rhubarb combination. We also really like that this pie is only in season in May so it stays a special birthday treat that we look forward to all year. Try it!

Triple Delicious Pie
taken from BHG May 2001, Prize Tested Recipe

1.5 c sliced fresh rhubarb (3 stalks)
1 c sugar
3 T quick cooking tapioca
1.5 c fresh blueberries
1 c sliced fresh strawberries
1 T lemon juice
1/2 t vanilla
dash ground mace or ground nutmeg

1 recipe Pastry for Lattice-Top Pie

In a large bowl stir together sugar and tapioca. Add fruit, lemon juice, vanilla, and spice. Gently toss to coat fruit. Let mixture stand 15 minutes, stirring once. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.

On a lightly floured surface roll out one ball of pastry to a 12 -inch circle; carefully transfer pastry to a 9 -inch pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate.

Transfer mixture to pastry lined pie plate. For lattice top, roll out remaining dough as above. Cut into 1/2 inch wide strips. Weave strips on top of filling to make a lattice. Press ends of strips into rim of bottom crust. Fold bottom pastry over strips; seal and crimp edge. Cover edge of pie with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until top is golden brown and juices are bubbly. Cool.

Pastry for Lattice -Top Pie
Stir togehter 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in 2/3 c shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Using a total of 6 to 7 T cold water, sprinkle 1 T over part of mixture. Toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl; repeat until all is moistened. Divide in half; form each half into a ball.

The pie makes 8 servings at 390 calories a piece.

I always find it easier to mix the rhubarb with 1 c blueberries and 1.5 c strawberries (just reversing the amounts listed in the recipe) because blueberries are sold in 1 c clamshells at the store and it is just so much cheaper and easier... equally delish.

Yesterday I used OJ instead of lemon juice because I forgot the lemons... tasted the same. I also just dumped the sugar and tapioca on top of the fruit and mixed... and thought it was actually easier to mix it through the fruit.

I also (hey it was a stressful hour!) forgot the vanilla and mace... still it tasted the same.

Oh and I brush my pastry with an egg beaten and mixed with a splash of half & half (milk will do) to make it golden and glossy.


julie said...

That looks delicious and pretty, too. What kind of pie? Can't wait for the recipe.

Miss Theresa said...

Ooooh, is that a cherry pie? It looks scrumptious!

inkelywinkely said...

Looks awesome...and I love the little hearts on it. :)

Mrs Furious said...

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Blueberry. Delish.

Miss Theresa,
see above ;)

I had to do something to make it special since I didn't have time to get a card or a gift!

inkelywinkely said...

Girl, I think the last time I bought Byron a real bday gift he didn't know about it was a box of ammo for hunting.LOL.

5 bucks, and it was left on the counter. I just don't know what to do for him.LOL

Last year, I started doing "Mexican night"...fajita bar, margaritas, you know. He seemed to like that.

Mrs Furious said...

I hate shopping for Mr F... I never know what to get and he can never come up with anything. I got him car mats this year... but... he found them in my trunk and put them in his car last week.
I did the tacos and made a cocktail yesterday and I felt like "this is good enough".

inkelywinkely said...

Yeah, I know...I mean it ain't like he moves the damned earth on my bday!LOL

Oh, I should also mention that even though I bought him a box of ammo a few years in a row, he has yet to eve use ONE. That is why it won't happen again.:)

I tell him I love him, and we get something he needs if we have the money...and that is pretty much it except just cooking something.

Don't sound like you did a nice one for him- and the "cake" sounds phenomenal.

Mrs Furious said...

"Yeah, I know...I mean it ain't like he moves the damned earth on my bday!LOL
LOL. Amen to that.

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