May
11
2010

  My First Rhubarb

T planted some rhubarb last year, and this is the first year we can harvest it. Although based on a rhubarb-harvesting instructional video I found online, we can only harvest a few stalks this year, one time in the beginning of the season. Which I did this afternoon. In future years, we should be able to harvest stalks throughout the season, from late spring through late summer. According to video, at any rate.

T's been bugging me to harvest the rhubarb for several weeks already, and when I was at the grocery store on Monday I remembered to buy strawberries so I could make a pie. I didn't have neurofeedback or any other commitment today, so I decided to bake a pie. I've never baked a strawberry-rhubarb pie before, since I've never been wild about rhubarb. But since T really likes it, I figured I'd give it a shot.

I used my favorite pie cookbook and mostly followed their recipe. I actually used a little less rhubarb than strawberry, since I was paranoid about weakening the plant too much after watching that gardener's video on the subject. But I made a butter crust, which actually used both shortening and butter, and wasn't nearly as hard to work with as the cookbook warned. The whole pie really didn't take that long to make, I was probably done with the whole thing in less than an hour. It took a few minutes to make the crust dough and roll it out, but it only had to bake for 25 minutes, and while that was in the oven, I cooked the fruit in a saucepan. When the crust was cool, I put the fruit into the crust, and let it set up for several hours. I'll totally make this pie again, my homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie tastes better than any I've had in the past (perhaps because I went heavier on the strawberry than is traditional, I don't know).