Remember last month when I made the filling for a freezer pie? Well, I finally had an occasion where I wanted to make a quick dessert recipe, and I remembered that I had this beauty waiting in the freezer for me! I had a store-bought pie crust in the freezer, too, but I was really curious to try out the gingersnap one that was posted with the recipe over on Vintage Mixer. Since I already had the filling ready, this was a cinch to put together. The flavors were wonderful, sweet and slightly spicy from the gingersnaps. Mine didn't firm up too well once sliced, and I had a hard time getting the crust out of the pan. Not totally sure what happened there. But we just called it "rustic" and got on with it. I served it with some heavy cream that I whipped a little sugar into until it came to soft peaks.
Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Pie
Yield: 1 Pie
for the pie filling (double or triple if you want to freeze multiple pies)
4 cups strawberries, sliced and dived in half
2 cups rhubarb, sliced
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
juice from ½ lemon (2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract (optional)
for the crust:
5-6 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted, plus additional for greasing pie plate
1 cup finely crushed gingersnap cookies (5 oz)
½ cup finely chopped pecans (2 oz)
⅛ teaspoon salt
Cook 2 cups of the strawberries and 2 cups of the rhubarb over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until they start to break down. Stir occasionally. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the fruit to break it up more. Add sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice and cook for about 3 minutes over medium high heat until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add remaining 2 cups sliced strawberries and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract or beans from 1 vanilla bean pod.
Transfer to a freezer safe ziplock back and freeze for a rainy spring day.
To make the crust: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease pie dish. Toss together all crust ingredients in a bowl with a fork until crumbs are moistened, or use a food processor to combine. Press the crust mixture evenly over bottom and up side of pie plate. Bake crust 6 minutes, then cool on a rack.
constructing the pie
Top cooled crust with defrosted strawberry rhubarb mixture. Chill pie until ready to serve. Before serving top with whipped cream.
Notes: the recipe is for one freezer bag pie but you may double the recipe so that you have two pies waiting for a perfect pie day.
Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars