So when he handed me a strawberry pie that appeared to contain some kind of celery, I wanted to prove myself sophisticated, worldly, and knowledgable and not reveal my ignorance as to why anyone would put a vegetable in a fruit pie. Maybe it was a South African tradition, I thought.
What is rhubarb?
Luckily, someone else mentioned that the mysterious veggie was called rhubarb. Off to wikipedia! I learned that, yes, rhubarb has many striking similarities to celery, but it has a tart taste which is a natural fit for a fruit pie. It is a popular plant used in English cooking, but it's popular in America too.
Rhubarb can be prepared a great many different ways to create a good strawberry rhubarb pie; the best method is often debated. The stalks contain a lot of moisture so some people will boil or steam the rhubarb before using it in a pie to pre-release the moisture.
Since I'm still a novice as to what a "proper" strawberry rhubarb pie should taste like, I fairly closely followed this dairy-free, vegan recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie for my first attempt last year. My Uncle loved it so much, he immediately proclaimed it was exactly like his Mom's recipe. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was vegan! gasp!
So that is how I came to know and love strawberry rhubarb pie. Here's the recipe, altered from Vegan Baking's recipe. Enjoy the sweet soft tartness of rhubarb in a pie.
Hmmm...now I'm craving coffee from a French press to go with a slice of pie.
Rating of Difficulty: 2 out of 5. Mixing sugar and flour with fruit and baking a pie is not all that hard. Baking a perfect pie--now that's a little trickier. There's a lot of theories on how to create the perfect pie dough and the perfect pie. I've shared the tips I know which will hopefully make your pie baking experience easier, but sometimes accidents happen. Even the most skilled baker sometimes has a crack in the crust or burnt edges. If this happens, don't sweat it! Your pie will still taste delicious, and you now have the excuse to make more pie -- practice makes perfect!
Do you have any special tricks for preparing rhubarb? What's your favorite tip to avoid a soggy pie?
What other pies do you like to make with vegan pie dough? Please share away in the comments!
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