Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with
Almond Streusel Topping
Along with tulips and daffodils, rhubarb is the first thing to pop in many spring
gardens. And rhubarb means pie. The classic combination of strawberries and rhubarb
makes our mouths water. Our pie sports a crunchy topping with distinct almond notes.
We recommend a mealy piecrust for the bottom of this juicy pie. Mealy crust is
made by cutting the fat into the dough until it resembles cornmeal. This crust resists
getting soggy as would a crust made from flaky pie dough. The topping is a variation
of one we use for fruit crumble or crisp. In fact, you could make this without a
bottom crust to be scooped and served in a bowl with ice cream on top.
For the Pie Crust
1 3/4 cups (8 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons shortening or additional butter
1/3 cup ice water
For the Filling
3 cups sliced strawberries, about 1 quart
3 cups rhubarb, diced into 1-inch pieces, about 1 pound trimmed
1/3 cup minute tapioca
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup Love’n Bake® Almond Paste, grated
1/2 stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
Ice cream or sour cream for garnish
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Make the pie crust. Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor
fitted with the metal blade. Cut the butter into several pieces. Add the butter
and shortening to the bowl of the food processor. Blend until the mixture resembles
cornmeal, about 15 to 20 seconds. Add the ice water and pulse several times
until the mixture begins to come together into a smooth ball of dough.
Gather the dough together. Form it into a flat disk. Wrap it in plastic
and chill it for an hour or more before using.
To make the filling, combine the sliced strawberries, rhubarb, tapioca,
salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir to blend the ingredients. Let sit for 15 minutes,
stirring occasionally to distribute the tapioca and sugar.
Make the topping while the filling rests. Combine the rolled oats, flour,
sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in the grated Love’n Bake® Almond Paste. Add
the melted butter and stir until the mixture is thoroughly moistened.
Roll out the crust 1/3 to 1/4-inch thick on a well-floured surface. Drape
the crust over a 10-inch pie pan. Trim leaving a 1/2-inch of dough hanging over
the edge. Fold over the edge of the dough and crimp. (Save the extra dough for
a small pie or quiche shell.)
Fill the pie with the fruit filling. Scatter the streusel evenly over the
top of the fruit covering it evenly.
Bake the pie for 45 to 55 minutes until the topping and crust are evenly
browned and the filling is bubbling in several places.
Cool on a wire rack before serving with ice cream or a spoon of sour cream.
Yield: one 10-inch pie
Recipe and photo credit:
Love'n Bake® - American Almond.