the easiest single pie crust in the world! & some strawberry rhubarb deliciousness!

 so i had…. some rhubarb in the garden…& a container of strawberries that weren’t super sweet…so…twist my arm…i made a strawberry rhubarb pie.  it was delish…even by andrew’s pie standards…which are very high.  first, let me pass on a secret…a secret that will change your mind about pie crust…it can be easy peasy!  believe me.  especially when it involves no cutting, no rolling, & no mess…are you skeptical?  see for yourself…it’s a piece of cake…er…pie?!

easy peasy pie crust recipe…makes one 9 inch crust

1/4 cups water    1/3 cups shortening     1 cup flour     1 pinch of salt

how is this possible you ask?

put your water & shortening in a microwave safe dish & heat until shortening is melted       

add the flour & salt straight into your pie pan

stir the water & shortening into the flour until combined

then literally just press the dough into the bottom & up the sides of the pie plate…that is it…just believe people!

Now…onto the strawberry rhubarb part of it…

3 cups sliced rhubarb…this was 7 stalks for me     2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries                   1 cup sugar  3 tablespoons cornstarch 

for the streusel topping…

1 cup flour     3/4 cup brown sugar     1/2 cup cold butter cut into pieces

add your rhubarb & strawberries into a bowl & mix in the sugar & cornstarch

pour all the fruit into the easy peasy crust

now for the topping…in a bowl add the flour & brown sugar cut the butter in until it’s all mixed & is crumb-like…sprinkle this over the fruit…all of it!

bake @ 400 for about 50 minutes…1/2-way through baking you may have to cover pie edges with foil so it doesn’t get too brown

let it cool before serving & enjoy…i don’t like mine ala mode…but if that’s your thing…i prefer spoonfuls of whip cream…

& the best part about pie…is the next morning…when you find it on your countertop…when your hand immediately finds a spoon & you find yourself just eating a little sliver…then scooping out a wee bit more…then you say quietly to yourself “well I might as well make that cut straight”…& it continues…until you realize you better save a slice for the husband tonight!


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