Hello you sweet gorgeous lil’ pie, you. I want to squish your cheeks like a grandma does a baby; I want to slap you on the ass like boys do in the locker room (I never understood this); I want to hug you so tightly that you get mad at me (I do this to Amelia daily). That’s how I feel about this pie.
This has Easter brunch situation written all over it. It’s the thing you bring to a brunch party and just wait for people to compliment you like crazy. And you can respond all NBD-like, Oh this pie, I just threw it together in like no time flat. Act casual.
If you’re not a rhubarb fan it’s probably because it was way too tart. It’s like tart celery.
Rhubarb has to be balanced out with the right amount of sugar; very important. I’m usually pretty shy with the sugar content in my pies. I lean toward the less sweet side, allowing the fruit to shine, but rhubarb it’s a little different.
I loooove, LOVE the addition of brown sugar instead of white granulated in this recipe. It gives it a deeper flavor that I’m super into. Other than that, it’s pretty simple. Pretty straightforward.
I say make the crust the night before so you won’t have any shrinkage issues. I actually made the crust the day of for this post and I regretted it. The crust didn’t turn out exactly how I had hoped. I wanted a bit more definition in the crust crimps but you know, after I ate it, I was like whatever, it’s good.
I’m going to an Easter brunch of Sunday. There’s gonna be an Easter egg hunt. There’s gonna be quiche. And of course, there’s gonna be pie. That’s how I roll, yo!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Dough for 2 nine-inch pie crusts
2 1/2 cups (312.5g) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (15g) white granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon (7g) fine-grain sea salt
2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, frozen
3/4 cups very cold water, divided
1 large egg, beaten (for egg wash)
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a box grater, grate the cold butter atop the flour mixture. Working quickly, and using your hands, break the butter bits into the flour until they're evenly distributed and resemble the size of small peas.
Add a 1/2 cup of water and mix. The mixture will be shaggy at this point. From here, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough comes together (I usually need to add 3 to 4 tablespoons). Flour your counter and dump the dough onto it. Knead a few times more until it comes together. Divide the dough, forming two discs. Wrap the discs in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour, ideally overnight.
Remove the first disc of dough from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 10 minutes. Liberally flour your work surface and rolling pin. Begin to roll the dough, being sure to rotate it every so often to avoid sticking, to a 13-inch round. Wrap the dough around the rolling pin and unroll it over the pie tin. Gently fit the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pie tin. Trim the dough around the pie tin, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Add your filling and transfer the pie to freezer while you roll out the second disc of dough.
Remove the second disc of dough from the refrigerator and repeat the rolling process as you did with the first disc. You have a couple of options, you could simply lay the second rolled out sheet of dough on top, making a few slits with a knife so steam can escape. You can do a lattice. You could even punch out holes or any sort of shape and place it on top. Crimp the edges and brush with the egg wash.
1 pound rhubarb, ends trimmed and stalks cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 apple, cored and sliced (I used a Pink Lady apple)
3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 large egg + 2 tablespoons milk, whisked together in a small bowl for egg wash
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or demarrara
Ice cream or whipped cream, for serving
In a medium bowl, mix together the rhubarb, apple, brown sugar, vanilla bean, corn starch and salt. Allow to stand, about 10 to 15 minutes, while you assemble the pie crust.
Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust (see above for assembling instructions). Roll the second half of dough and make any sort of design that you like. I chose a very tightly weaved lattice. For this, I cut the dough into 1/2-inch strips using a ravioli cutter. I weaved a lattice, tucked the pie edge under itself all the way around and then crimped the dough all the way around.
Brush the tops of the pie with a generous amount of egg wash and sprinkle with about a teaspoon of turbinado sugar. Transfer to the freezer to chill for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the pie on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven to bake for about 20 minutes, until the crust is lightly golden brown. Turn the oven's heat down to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, about 3 hours. If you cut into it before cooling it down, the filling will spill out, but is that the worst thing in the world? No. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream