STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE
- 2 cups rhubarb in one-inch pieces about one pound
- 3 cups strawberry halves
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons ''minute'' tapioca
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
FOR THE CRUST
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp sugar plus extra for sprinkling
- 8 tbsp Lard very cold and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup ice-cold water
- 1 tablespoon milk
Prepare the pastry: combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using a fork or pastry cutter, work half of the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. Quickly work the remaining butter into the dough until the biggest pieces are the size of lima beans. Drizzle in the water in several additions, tossing and mixing between each.
Gather two-thirds of the dough and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Do the same with the remaining third. Flatten into disks. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. When the dough is chilled, roll out the larger piece and line a nine-inch pie pan.
Combine rhubarb and strawberries in a bowl. Mix sugar and tapioca together and fold gently into the strawberries and rhubarb. Allow to macerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425.
Spoon fruit into pastry shell and dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry, place on top. Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with a bit of sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake 40 minutes longer, until pastry has browned and filling begins to bubble. Let pie cool completely before serving, at least 3 hours and up to overnight to set the filling.
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