Strawberry Frozen Rhubarb Pie is very popular at our house, and has been for years. It was my late grandfather’s favorite, and I have fond memories of making it for him with frozen rhubarb. Where I grew up, it was hard to find fresh rhubarb. The frozen worked so well I didn’t really think much about using fresh until I was an adult and fresh rhubarb was easier to come by.
Strawberry Frozen Rhubarb Pie Baking in America
This recipe is based on one from Greg Patent’s Baking in America. Patent macerates fresh rhubarb with sugar, collects the juice, then makes a gel that serves as a binder. I do the same thing, but instead I use thawed frozen rhubarb. Since posting this recipe I’ve made other pies with fresh rhubarb, but this one I’ve always tested with frozen. Since the original recipe calls for fresh, you can use either.
This is a double crust pie, so use your favorite double pie crust recipe or buy a two pack of refrigerated pie dough.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Pie dough for a double crust pie refrigerated or homemade
- 1 pound frozen rhubarb
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon each — nutmeg ginger and allspice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest — use 1/2 for less orange flavor
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Put the frozen rhubarb in a large bowl and pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then drain.
- Add the sugar, nutmeg, ginger and allspice to the drained rhubarb and toss to mix. Cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours.
- Set a strainer over a large bowl or glass measure. Strain the rhubarb mixture letting macerated juice fall into the bowl. You should get about 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of juice, but if not, add water until you get that much.
- Put the 1/2 cup 2 tablespoons juice in a saucepan and stir in the zest, orange juice and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture boils and thickens. Boil very gently for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool to room temperature. Pour over the rhubarb, then mix in the strawberries.
- Meanwhile, out roll half the pie dough and line a 9 inch pie plate with it. Let the dough hang over the side and put in the refrigerator.
- Put the rhubarb filling in the pie plate. Dot with butter.
- Roll the second round of dough into an 11 inch circle. Lay over the filling and pinch the edges to seal. Cut 6 slits in the top and brush with a little cold water or heavy cream. Sprinkle with sugar.
- Set the pie on the center rack and set a rimmed baking sheet on the rack below it to catch drips.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for another 30 minutes. Note: If top crust has browned after the first 30 minutes, lay a sheet of foil over it.
- Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.