Boise is HOT! I mean yes, it is a HOT and AWESOME place to live and raise a family, but this past week has also been extremely HOT temperature-wise, with most days hovering in the low 100s. I know right?! So what’s the plan for this weekend? Besides taking my baking-sidekick daughter to see MINIONS, the weekend is relatively wide open, which for me means, IT’S BAKING TIME BABY!
Mom’s Latest Baking Project
My lovely mother, residing in Texas, if it were up to her would have me try out this ‘interesting’ apple pie recipe she recently stumbled on, called APPLE CHARLOTTE – featured on the FoodNetwork, and Trish’s Southern Cooking Show.
I say ‘interesting’ because the crust, is made from ‘THIN SLICED WHITE BREAD.’ Yea, I know!
But Mom says the Apple Charlotte pie turned out surprisingly great and she has been swearing up and down all week that I HAVE to make and try (After all, if it hadn’t been for Mom I would’ve never embarked on my Pie Baking Adventures! So if she says its GOOD…it’s probably pretty GOOD!). She wants me to make it my weekend baking project as well. In fact, I think, she has maybe even gone out and purchased me a ‘Charlotte Mold’ online (the dish used in the recipe), but I’m not sure. I’ll let you know!
Unfortunately however, I have had my mind set on another, particularly interesting, yet VERY POPULAR pie dish, for the last couple weeks that will most likely occupy my schedule this weekend…
Rhubarb Strawberry Pie
Rhubarb Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Pie, however you want to say it, this particular dish has had me twisted up in curiosity for sometime now. And why? Mainly because I have NEVER had Rhubarb, and up until now, have never even seen let alone tasted Rhubarb, yet this plant is EXTREMELY popular.
WHAT IS RHUBARB?
Rhubarb is a VEGETABLE (yes, this is probably one of the PRIMARY reasons I have not even remotely considered using this in ANY of my sweet and succulent pie dishes!) with long, reddish, leafy stalks, similar to celery that have a strong tart taste. The plant’s leaf stalks have traditionally been cooked with sugar and used in a variety of pie and dessert recipes. [source: Wikipedia – Rhubarb]
Is Rhubarb Healthy for you?
Rhubarb is technically classified as a vegetable, so naturally the first thing that comes to mind is, is Rhubarb healthy for you? It would certainly add a little (just a little…) assurance that eating pie is GOOD FOR YOU! No? Whatever…hehehehe….
Apparently the Rhubarb root is high in fiber and was popular in ancient Chinese medicine for soothing stomach ailments and relieving constipation. But rhubarb also makes an effective poultice for relieving fevers and swelling. So it definitely has some important medicinal applications. Eat PIE relieve PAIN. I like it already!
Every serving of rhubarb provides 45% of the daily value in vitamin K, which supports healthy bone growth and can limit neuronal damage in the brain, even to the point of Alzheimer’s prevention. It contains infection-fighter vitamin C, the second most prominent vitamin, along with vitamin A, another powerful natural antioxidant for good skin and mucous membranes, good vision, and possible protection against lung and mouth cancers (the red stalks provide more than the green ones), with healthy additions of folate, riboflavin, niacin, B-vitamins, and pantothenic acid. Good mineral sources include 32% of the daily value in manganese per serving, along with iron, potassium, and phosphorus.
While many believe milk is the best calcium source, one cup of cooked rhubarb contains just as much, and it’s actually much better for you. In fact, rhubarb is on the short list with salmon and spinach for the highest amounts of calcium it provides. [source: Food Facts]
So essentially, with a Rhubarb-infused pie, you don’t need to eat any vegetable anymore! My pie will be all you need! Yes!
What’s So Special About Rhubarb Strawberry Pie?
Naturally, after having been immersed, body and soul into pie baking over the last 6 months or so, there has been no avoiding discussions and praises ‘belched’ out across the digital landscape on the absolute deliciousness of Rhubarb Strawberry Pie. I mean, people SWEAR by it, with many of my friends proclaiming it easily their most favorite of pie dishes. WTH?! What have I been missing here?
So this weekend – Rhubarb and I will get acquainted, and I can’t wait to share it with you, because that would mean I would’ve already had the opportunity to eat pie and everyone knows I LOVE to eat pie!
Come back next week for my report!