Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Pie
Repeat Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Pie

Oh my goodness. I found the coolest thing to do with some of the recent batch of rhubarb that I picked up from the Farmers’ Market. When I saw this post over at Vintage Mixer, I was floored. Making a pie filling now to be enjoyed at some point in the future when I need a dessert fix? Sign. Me. Up. So I made the filling this afternoon and it’s sitting in my freezer right now. I may have licked the spatula, you know, for purely scientific purposes, and it tasted great! I hope I’ll be up for baking the gingersnap crust when I end up making this pie, but I could always just thaw it out and pour it into a pre-made pie crust, too. Easy as (freezer) pie. I’ll be sure to report back with my findings and an official rating…

Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Pie
Vintage Mixer

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 1/2 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)
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (2 oz)
1/8 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.


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