Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Pie

Equipment

  • 9-inch Pyrex pie pan
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pizza stone (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Pie Crust for Two-Crust Pie
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 5 cup sliced rhubarb
  • 5 tbps King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsps unsalted cultured butter, cut into small pieces
  • zest from 1/4 orange

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • If using pizza stone, place in oven on middle or lower rack.

Prepare bottom crust

  • Mix together egg white and 1/2 tsp water.
  • On pastry cloth, roll larger piece of dough until approx. 12 inches in diameter.
  • Place rolled dough in pie pan.
  • Brush dough in pan with egg white and water mixture.
  • Place dough in refrigerator.

Prepare filling

  • Wash rhubarb, cut off ends, and cut in slices approx. 1/2 inch thick. There should be approx. 5 cups.
  • In medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and orange zest.
  • Spread 1/2 of sugar/flour mixture evenly across bottom pie crust.
  • Put rhubarb in pie pan.
  • Spread remaining 1/2 of sugar/flour mixture evenly across rhubarb.
  • Dot filling with butter.

Prepare lattice crust

  • On pastry cloth, roll smaller piece of dough until approx. 10 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Using ruler or straight edge, cut rolled dough into strips approx. 3/4 inch wide.
  • Separate strips into two groups. One way to do this is to pull every other strip up a little, so that one group is the lower strips and the other group is the higher strips.
  • Place one group of strips on pie, lined up in parallel and evenly spaced.
  • Gently fold back every other strip just past center.
  • Select longest strip from remaining group. Place strip on top of strips that have not been folded back. Position strip in the middle of the pie, perpendicular to the strips already on the pie and just before the folded-back strips.
  • Unfold the folded strips. Fold the strips that had not been folded back. Place the third-longest strip on the pie, parallel to the strip just added to the pie.
  • Repeat process to finish first side of pie and then to place lattice strips on second side of pie.
  • Using sharp knife, trim excess pie dough, so that crust comes to outside edge of pie pan.
  • Using table fork, press tines into the dough on the edge of the pie pan. Position fork so that tines are pointing to middle of pie. Repeat around entire perimeter of pie.

Apply wash

  • Mix together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon cream, 1/2 and 1/2, or milk.
  • Brush mixture over all lattice strips.

Bake pie

  • Place pie on 12-inch pizza pan or similar, to catch drips.
  • Place pie and pan in oven, on pizza stone.
  • After 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • After approx. 1/2 hour, cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent crust from burning.
  • Bake for approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes, until juices inside are thick.
  • Cool on rack at least 1 hour before cutting.

Notes

Adapted from New York Times Straight-Up Rhubarb Pie, by Amanda Hesser.