Winning Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie

“While being raised on a farm I often ate rhubarb, so it’s natural for me to use it in a pie. I prefer to use lard for the flaky pie crust and thin, red rhubarb stalks for the filling. These two little secrets helped this recipe win top honors at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.” —Marianne Carlson, Jefferson, Iowa

Winning Rhubarb-Strawberry PieTaste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8servings 50minutes + chilling 65minutes + cooling
Servings Prep Time
8servings 50minutes + chilling
Cook Time
65minutes + cooling
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg, 4 tablespoons ice water and vinegar until blended. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in lard until crumbly. Gradually add egg mixture, tossing with a fork, until dough holds together when pressed. If mixture is too dry, slowly add additional ice water, a teaspoon at a time, just until mixture comes together.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix sugar and tapioca. Add rhubarb and strawberries; toss to coat evenly. Let stand 15 minutes.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry even with rim.
  5. Add filling; dot with butter. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits in top. Brush milk over pastry; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet; bake 20 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven setting to 350°. Bake 45-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool pie on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie Tips

Do you thaw frozen rhubarb before making pie?
Yes, you should thaw frozen rhubarb if using it in your pie. Frozen fruits release extra moisture that can create a soggy bottom.

Can I use frozen strawberries?
You can use frozen strawberries, but be sure to thaw them before using to decrease excess moisture.

Why is my strawberry rhubarb pie runny?
Your pie may be runny if there’s too much liquid. There should be some liquid, but too much may mean your fruit wasn’t defrosted enough, or there wasn’t enough tapioca added.

How do you keep a bottom pie crust from getting soggy?
There are several tricks you can try to prevent soggy crusts: 1.) Choose a glass pie plate or metal pie plate with a dull finish. 2.) For double-crust fruit pies, cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to get out. 3.) Bake your pie in the lower third of the oven to allow the bottom crust to become crisp. Learn more about preventing soggy pie crusts. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Editor's Note
If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without coarse sugar): 531 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fibre), 5g protein.