It’s Not Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, But . . .

On Sunday I made strawberry-rhubarb crisp. I’m not much into cooking these days because cooking causes dirty dishes. And I’m not into washing dishes. But I had three reasons for making the strawberry-rhubarb crisp.

One: Rhubarb is plentiful. If you have any growing in your garden, you know what I’m talking about. You ask people, “Say, could you use some rhubarb?” If they say no, you ask, “Are you sure? I’ve got plenty.” You bring bags of rhubarb stalks and set them on the lunch table in the breakroom or the coffee table in the church hall. I don’t grow rhubarb, but I never have to buy it in the grocery store (where I recently saw a tiny package of it for two dollars and change). I have connections. I know people desperate to share their abundance of rhubarb.

Two: I found a recipe for strawberry-rhubarb crisp in Southern Living that I could make in my Le Creuset Heritage Tart Tatin Dish. (I had no idea the dish had such a fancy name until I looked it up to get the name right.) I bought my Heritage Tart Tatin Dish because it was orange and sexy. These are, by the way, two good reasons to buy a kitchen implement. Another rule for buying a kitchen implement is that it should serve two purposes. (I’ve been known to break this rule, but only if the single-use implement will get lots of use, like my garlic press, lemon squeezer, or mango slicer.) Until last Sunday, I had only used the orange, sexy Heritage Tart Tatin a few times in the last ten years to make jalapeño corn bread. So, making the strawberry rhubarb crisp gave my dish dual-use status. It’s not just another pretty tart dish.

Three: My grandmother Olive made the best strawberry-rhubarb pie or any other kind of pie. I haven’t had a good piece of strawberry-rhubarb pie since I lived with her. I don’t bake pies. I cheat and make crisps because I don’t know how to make crusts. Grandma Olive made pie crusts from scratch, and they were as a pie crust should be–flakey, tender, and golden brown. She also knew her way around the fillings. She never made a pie with canned fruit filling. Baking a strawberry-rhubarb crisp was the closest I was going to get to Grandma Olive’s pie version.

The crisp turned out well. I served it with whipped cream or ice cream. The filling is equal parts strawberry and rhubarb, so it’s tart, even with the cup of added sugar. You have to like tart if you’re going to eat something made with rhubarb.

If you have your very own Le Creuset Heritage Tart Tatin Dish and you want to make the recipe from Southern Living, you’ll need to adjust the quantity of rhubarb and strawberries. I used three cups of each, instead of four because I was worried my tart dish wasn’t deep enough. (Please, no jokes about my shallow tart dish.) I didn’t reduce the amount of sugar or any other ingredient. Also, I didn’t have any chopped roasted salted Marcona almonds, so I used some chopped unsalted roasted almonds. That makes this a healthy recipe. (As long as we don’t mention the brown sugar in the oat topping and the cup of sugar mixed in with the fruit.)

Grandma Olive with my sister and me (in the foreground)

When I served the strawberry-rhubarb crisp, I thought of Grandma Olive. I miss her. She and Grandpa had a big garden with their own patch of rhubarb and strawberries. I wonder how much rhubarb they tried to foist off on friends.

I saved this recipe, and I’ll make it once a year in the early summer. I don’t want to strain my rhubarb supplier.

10 thoughts on “It’s Not Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, But . . .

  1. What a great photo of you and your sister with your grandmother! Goodness, that could have been me with my grandma Signe. She made strawberry-rhubarb jam that I absolutely loved. There was something different about the taste because I hate rhubarb in anything else. Weird, I know. Great essay, as always 🙂

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    • Thanks, Lynn. You write great blogs too. When you liked my blog, I went to your blog to see if you’d written anything new, and I was surprised to see a couple of blogs that I hadn’t read. I usually get a notice when you post, but for some reason I hadn’t been getting them. So, I followed your blog again. My wordpress had been a little wonky lately. Ugh! How’s your memoir coming? Funny about you only liking rhubarb in the strawberry jam! But there are some things that I’m like that about.


    • I bought some strawberry-rhubarb jam at my local farmer’s market on Saturday. The people I bought it from make wonderful jams. I’m going to try it soon, and I’ll let you know what I think. I’m expecting to like it because I like other strawberry-rhubarb stuff.


  2. Great photo! And yum I love strawberry rhubarb anything! Growing up my neighbor had four huge rhubarb plants so they always had more than they wanted which made us have more than we wanted. Your post reminded me that she used to make a strawberry rhubarb daquiri which I was too young at the time to try but I guess now there is nothing stopping me from making it myself…

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  3. Photo makes the memory special, although not making crust ( me too) and sexy ORANGE ( like your lifejacket) tart pan are close seconds. I too have rhubarb burgeoning along the walk. The leaves make good mulch.

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  4. My neighbor used to have a rhubarb plant, but not anymore. I haven’t made any rhubarb anything this year. 😦 I have a great recipe for rhubab strawberry pie. Maybe I’ll have to actually buy some this year??

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