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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with butter crust

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with butter crust

I just made this strawberry rhubarb pie this morning for dessert this evening.  The pastry it 100% butter and is a recipe by Brave Tart Stella Parks.  This is my current favourite pie pastry recipe as it is sort of a blitz puff pastry as it is formed by rolling the dough out and then folding it to give it 8 layers.  The filling is from America’s test kitchen and I’ve just modified it slightly by adding lemon zest and lemon juice because what fruit pie isn’t improved by lemon?

I can post the recipe if anyone likes.

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mutantspace

Would love that recipe please looks fab and I can smell it already 😀

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Old-Fashioned Flaky Pie Dough Recipe (Stella Parks)

 

A buttery, flaky, tender, and easy pie dough recipe that requires no special equipment, ingredients, or training.

 

This easy pie dough has a recipe that pastry chefs tend to favor, but it doesn't require any fancy ingredients, equipment, or training. Just smash some cold butter in a bowl of flour, stir in a bit of water, roll it out, and fold it over a few times. It's essentially a streamlined blitz, making an easy, layered dough that's supple but strong. That means it won't slump out of shape in the oven, so it can support all types of complicated decorative techniques, but it's wonderfully buttery, so it always turns out flaky and tender, too.

The dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before use. To store it for longer than that, the dough can be frozen as a block, rolled, or shaped in a pan. If frozen as a block, dough will need to rest/relax for at least 2 hours before rolling and shaping.

In summer months, warm pantry staples and equipment will raise the temperature of pie dough, causing the butter to melt. If it's warmer than 73°F (23°C) in your kitchen, a few simple precautions will keep your dough happy and cool; more here.

 

Why It Works

  • All-purpose flour gives the dough strength to hold its shape in the oven, preserving any sort of decorative design.
  • A blitz-style ratio of flour to butter creates a dough that's pliable but strong, making cracks and tears a thing of the past.
  • One round of folding provides eight major layers with minimal fuss.
  • Refrigerating the dough after shaping ensures it's fully chilled and relaxed, preserving its flakes in the oven.

 

Beautiful, Flaky Pie Crust the Old-Fashioned Way

 

YIELD:

Makes 2 single- or 1 double-crusted 9-inch pie (regular or deep-dish)

ACTIVE TIME:

25 minutes

TOTAL TIME:

2 1/2 hours

RATED:

 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour (1 2/3 cups; 225g), plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 ounce sugar (1 tablespoon; 15g)
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much by volume or use the same weight
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter (2 sticks; 225g), cold not frozen
  • 4 ounces cold tap water (1/2 cup; 115g)

 

Directions

1.

For the Dough: Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Cut butter into 1/2-inch cubes (this size is important, as smaller pieces will melt too fast) and toss with flour mixture to break up the pieces. With your fingertips, smash each cube flat—that's it! No rubbing or cutting. Stir in water, then knead dough against the sides of the bowl until it comes together in a shaggy ball. Dough temperature should register between 65 and 70°F (18 and 21°C); if not, refrigerate briefly before rolling and folding (see note).

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2.

Make the Layers: On a generously floured work surface, roll dough into a roughly 10- by 15-inch rectangle. Brush excess flour off before each fold.  Fold the 10-inch sides to the center, then close the newly formed packet like a book. Fold in half once more, bringing the short sides together to create a thick block. Divide in half with a sharp knife or bench scraper. Dough temperature should still be somewhere between 65 and 70°F (18 and 21°C); if not, refrigerate briefly before proceeding (see note).

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3.

For Single-Crusted Pies: Using as much flour as needed, roll one piece into a 14-inch circle and drape across a 9-inch pie plate; it will be super easy to lift by hand. Dust off excess flour with a pastry brush, using it to nestle dough into the very corners of the pan. With scissors or kitchen shears, trim the edge so that it overhangs by 1 1/4 inches all around. Fold overhang over itself to create a thick border that sits atop the rim of the pan. Crimp or shape crust as desired. Repeat with remaining dough. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Use as directed in your favorite recipe.

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4.

For a Double-Crusted Pie: Using as much flour as needed, roll one piece into a 14-inch circle and drape across a 9-inch pie plate; it will be super easy to lift by hand. Dust off excess flour with a pastry brush, using it to nestle dough into the very corners of the pan. With scissors or kitchen shears, trim the edge so that it overhangs by 1 inch all around. For a solid top crust, roll remaining dough as before, or roll into a 9- by 15-inch rectangle for a lattice-top pie. Transfer the entire sheet, uncut, to a baking sheet or parchment-lined cutting board. (The parchment will prevent dough from absorbing any savory odors from the board.) Wrap both portions in plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Use as directed in your favorite recipe.

5.

For a Blind-Baked Pie: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350°F (180°C). Line chilled pie shell with a large sheet of aluminum foil, pressing so it conforms to the curves of the plate (a second sheet of aluminum may be needed for full coverage). Fill to the brim with sugar, transfer to a half sheet pan, and bake until fully set and golden around the edges, 60 to 75 minutes. Fold long sides of foil toward the middle, gather short sides, and use both hands to carefully transfer sugar to a heat-safe bowl. Let sugar cool to room temperature. If needed, continue baking crust a few minutes more to brown along the bottom. A full explanation of this process can be found here.

 

Compared to stoneware or heavy enameled ceramic, tempered-glasspie plates conduct heat quickly and evenly, so the crust bakes up light and crisp, never greasy or soft.

When room temperature exceeds 74°F (23°C), kitchen equipment and pantry staples will act as a heat source to the butter, creating a sticky dough. If it’s warm in your kitchen, take these proactive steps to manage your dough temperature.

 

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/06/old-fashioned-flaky-pie-dough-recipe.html

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Benito

I was reminded that I could convert the file types and post the strawberry rhubarb recipe, so it is posted now.

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Benito

 

I cannot upload my copy of the strawberry rhubarb filling recipe.  I have it saved as tiff images and I cannot upload that file type here, I'm really sorry. 

 

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Bread1965

It really looks amazing.. I've bookmarked your post and will give it a try one day this summer.. thank you!

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Benito
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David R

If it suits you to do so, it's possible to convert a TIFF to a JPEG online.You could go to the MagickStudio page, click beside "Filename:" , and show it where your recipe picture is. After selecting the picture, you should see the correct file name in the box - then press the "View" button. When your picture finishes loading onto the website, you'll see a lot of options for editing it, but you can ignore those - just press the "Download" button in the top right-hand corner of the page. It will give you a list of formats to choose from - "jpg" is probably the best choice.

Note that it didn't work on my phone at first - I had to remember to choose "Desktop Site" from my menu before I clicked beside Filename.

If it's all too confusing, just forget I suggested it. But pie is worth it. 😁

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Benito

Thanks for reminding me that I can change file type.  I have a Mac and forgot that I can use Preview to convert the tiff files to jpg.

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David R

I'm glad you had a convenient method already available. Thanks for posting it!

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Benito

My pleasure!