Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Raspberry Rhubarb Pie

raspberry rhubarb pie (yossy arefi)

I found a roll of Kodak Gold film from who knows when in the bottom of a drawer and loaded it in my camera the other day. Expired film is so fun (and random!) to work with. I got about 20 shots of yellow, super-grainy photos and a couple of snaps like the one above. Perfectly, imperfect. I guess even old crappy film can't keep a pie this good looking down.

I can't believe I had never made a rhubarb and raspberry pie before this one. Sure I've made cute little rhubarb and raspberry galettes and I've mixed rhubarb with just about every other berry that exists, but this pie: THIS PIE. If I ever get invited to compete in a pie contest, this will be my entry and it will win every damn blue ribbon there is to win. Strawberry rhubarb, step aside because raspberry rhubarb is where it's at. I used an all purpose flour crust for this guy, but I imagine a rye crust would be mighty fine too.

For a peek into my pie making process, check out this video made by photographer and pal Jen Causey who came over last week and shot me making this beaut. It was so much fun and we ate pie for lunch! Thanks Jen!

Raspberry Rhubarb Pie
yield, 1 double crust pie

Crust

12 ounces all purpose flour 
1 teaspoons salt
9 ounces cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
4 ounces ice cold water
1 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

To make the crust, combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut in half of the butter until it is the size of peas, then cut in the other half until it is the size lima beans. Some of the butter will be completely worked into the flour, but you should have lots of visible pieces of butter in the dough too. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water and make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Use a gentle hand or wooden spoon to mix the water into the flour until just combined. If the dough seems very dry, add more water a couple of teaspoons at a time. You have added enough water when you can pick up a handful of the dough and squeeze it together without it falling apart. Press the dough together, then split it in half, form into discs and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least one hour before using, or overnight.

Filling

20 ounces rhubarb (about 5 stalks)
6 ounces raspberries (about 2 handfuls)
10 ounces sugar
2 ounces all purpose flour
zest and juice of 1/2 of a lemon
pinch salt
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and pod reserved for another use
egg and crunchy sugar for topping

To Assemble and Bake

Preheat oven to 425º


On a lightly floured surface, roll out one piece of the dough into a 12'' circle about 1/8'' thick and place it into a' pie pan. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the pie. Roll out the other piece of dough into a 12'' circle about 1/8'' thick and place it in the fridge on a sheet pan to chill while you prepare the filling.

In a large bowl, rub the vanilla bean seeds and lemon zest into the sugar to evenly distribute. Remove the leaves from the rhubarb (if there are any) and chop it into 1/2-inch pieces. Add the rhubarb, raspberries, flour, lemon juice and salt into the large bowl with the sugar and gently toss to combine evenly. Be careful not to crush the raspberries too much. Fill the prepared pie shell with the rhubarb mixture and top with the second crust, crimp the edges and cut a few vents in the top. 

Alternately, you can top the pie with a lattice-style crust as I've done in the photos above. Here is a link to a great photo tutorial on Simply Recipes. When I make a lattice topped pie, I like to use nice thick strips of dough, so the ones pictured above are about 1-inch wide.

If the crust seems soft or warm, slide the whole pie into the fridge or freezer for about 15 minutes before you bake it. When you are ready to bake, brush the top of the pie with a beaten egg and sprinkle with a healthy dose of coarse sugar.

Put the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake for 15min on the lowest rack of your oven, then lower the oven temp to 400º and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the crust is deep golden brown and the rhubarb juices bubble. Cool before serving.

15 comments:

  1. I made rhubarb-raspberry crisp yesterday because I didn't have enough rhubarb for the recipe and I was shocked at how amazing the combination turned out to be. I will definitely try this recipe. I love your blog!

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  2. Pie for lunch, heck yes. I made a great rhubarb strawberry crisp the other day with cardamom, nutmeg, and orange zest. But oh man, I can't wait to try this rhubarb and raspberry combination! Beautiful pie you made. As always, thank you for the inspiration.

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  3. Such a pretty pie! Love that you used film again, sometimes it just feels right :)

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  4. gorgeous video and pictures. going to try this!

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  5. What a beautiful pie! I love rhubarb - I eagerly await ripe stalks in my grocery store soon.

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  6. No doubt this pie must be the most delicious thing one can taste! The picture is very beautiful and I love how cute and perfect-with a homemade touch it looks! :-)
    You always make the best rhubarb pies I see on the web!
    xoxo

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  7. What a handsome pie! I just picked a bunch of rhubarb from the garden and now I know what to do with it. Thanks!

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  8. Forgotten films are fun. Glad your shots came out beautiful.

    Honestly, I've had a hankering for pie and this recipe sounds like the perfect fix. Greenmarket keeps running out of rhubarb, so I'll make an early trip for it tomorrow! :)

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  9. A beauty! I love rhubarb and raspberry together - usually I make it into a crisp, or tartlets; pie will have to be next. I did make a rhubarb-blueberry-apple pie last week that was pretty dang good. And! I love the video. :)

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  11. This pie sounds freakin amazing! That crust, though. ♥

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  12. I really admire your baking and photography! It's all so beautiful! Your recipes are delicious and this recipe was no exception. I made it this weekend and it was a huge it! I was curious about a couple things- you mention lemon juice in the ingredient list, but you don't say when to use it (I'm assuming it goes over the fruit?). Also, you mention salt in the directions, but it's not listed in the ingredient list. Do you add it? If so, how much. Thanks!!!

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  13. Hi Kim, I'm so glad you liked the pie. Sorry for the confusion! I have updated the recipe to include when to add the lemon juice (with the rest of the filling ingredients) and the amount of salt (just a little pinch). Thanks for your comment!

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    1. Awesome!! Thanks for the update. I'll be making another one this weekend- I can't help it! Yum!!! It's my new favorite.

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  14. I also make strawberry rhubarb, but never with raspberry. I can't wait to try switching the ingredients. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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