Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gators and Pie

Found this in my House.

Super excited about that.
Did you know that Arizona is a stupid place to live?
It is.
We got gators.

What does one do when she finds a gator in the house?
She bakes pie.

Totally unrelated.

Messy pie.
I'm not very good at crimping my edges.
It's one of my many flaws.
Get over it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
6 Tbsp each cold butter, cut in small pieces, and trans-fat-free shortening
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 to 4 Tbsp cold water

1¼ lb rhubarb, trimmed and cut into ½-in. slices
1 container (16 oz) strawberries, hulled and halved
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp butter, cut in small pieces
1½ Tbsp sugar

1. Pastry: In food processor, pulse flour, salt, butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With motor running, add lemon juice, then water, 1 Tbsp at a time, just until dough separates from sides of bowl.

2. Gather dough into a ball and divide in half. Press each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll out.

3. Place a sheet of foil on a rimmed baking pan on bottom rack to catch any juices. Heat oven to 425°F. Coat a 9-in. pie plate with nonstick spray.

4. Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 12-in. circle. Fit dough into pie plate, pressing gently onto bottom and up sides. Roll out remaining disk as above into an 11-in. circle.

5. Filling: Toss rhubarb and strawberries with vanilla in large bowl. Mix sugar, cornstarch and ginger in a small bowl until blended; toss with berry mixture to evenly coat. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate; dot with butter.

6. Arrange second crust onto the filling and cut vents into crust. Press ends into edge, fold under and crimp. Brush strips with water; sprinkle with sugar.

7. Place pie on center oven rack; bake 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F, rotate pie 180 degrees and bake 50 minutes more (loosely shield pie with foil if crust gets too brown) until crust is golden and filling bubbles. Cool on wire rack. Serve at room temperature



Kris said...

Pie looks good. For a minute there, I was afraid it was going to be lizard pie! We have so many lizards here too. I have found them in the house. No biggie. Just sweep em out! I wish you lived in Corona. It isn't a stupid place to live!!!

Bethany said...

Pretty or not I want me some pie!
And lizards - ick! Not that the bugs we get here in the NE are any better....

BrownFamily said...

This reminds me of when I was little and I caught a lizard and brought it home to my mom. I remember thinking that I was being very outdoorsy..only to have her tell me that I "caught" a dead lizard...

Decorating Lady's Humble Abode said...

Have you heard the poem Aligator pie? Aligator pie, aligator pie, if I don't get some I think I will die. There is more to the poem, but I can't seem to remember all of it now. I like your pie better. Thanks for the laugh. Decor. Lady

Anonymous said...

wow,, thats a beautiful pie,, I would like a piece without the gater please,, How did that get in your house ,, I thought it was a gekko,

just call me jo said...

Of course one would bake a strawberry/rhubarb pie if one found a gator/lizard in your midst. He looks like the Geico gecko. Nickname him, Hol. Get to know him. I'm sure you'll come to commune with each other. What do you think about Friday for a get together. I need to save you from the reptilian/amphibian/whatever visitors.

Anonymous said...

I've been craving pie. I think it's because since I've moved back in with my folks (LOSER) I signed some kinda unknown contract saying I'll gain 15 lbs.

My gf made this exact pie & posted it on fb...never had it, looks delish!

Pat MacKenzie said...

Oh shoot! I really thought you had a gator. Major disappointment here.

Strawberry/rhubarb is one of my favorite summer pies. Yours looks delicious.

deb said...

OHHHHHHHH YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM...........not the lizard!!!

bj said...

This is WONDERFUL..wish I had a piece right now.

Thanks for following me..I want a farm house sink sooo bad but I am waaay too poor to get one.

I can't send chocolate in this dang HOT weather so ya gotta wait til the snows fall. And, I didn't see anything that YOU would send ME if I followed so I guess you can send me that "he's not as mean as he looks" thang. Whew, woman...ya got yourself a HOT dude there. :)) You can show him this comment and don't tell him I am old enuf to be his grandmother...his head will swell so much, he might not can get his cowboy hat on. :))
O, yeah...and I AM following you now.
xo bj

Seven Gates Farm said...

For a minute there .... well, you know,I was just thinking...ummm, Holly wouldn't would she? Glad I continued to read on. Rhubard pie; is that like cherry pie? Debi

Melynda said...

WOW, look at that pie! You go girl, go right now and enjoy a piece, yum.

Whosyergurl said...

FOR REAL? a GATOR in your house? GET OUT! I'm sorry, but I don't do rhubarb. In Indiana or Arizona!

xo, CHeryl

~Niki~ said...

ok, i've never ever seen one of those at my home here in mesa, what's up with that? you are so luck! ;)
we have our fair share of scorpions if you want any of those (wink)

amy said...

Ugh!!! I would have freaked out!!! The pie looks awesome though!! Totally makes up for having that in your house! :)

Anonymous said...

And I missed this HOW??????

We don't have gators in CO (except for the really freaky guy outside of Moffat who has a Gator place where you can wrestle one....sicko) and I have never seen a goo-ier pie. But it's gotta be delish with a wad of whipped cream on top. Save me a piece.

Sorry to be behind on I was REAL busy or something!

Amy said...

The pie looks delicious. The lizard...not so much.

corners of my life said...

I'm so sorry that the rhubarb pie is all gone. It is absolutely my favorite kind in the world.