My great Auntie Dot made the best pies. Hands down. No contest. She used to have this picnic basket that she always carried them in. So if she came over to your house with that basket in hand, you KNEW you where in for a big treat! Auntie Dot never let you get away with just eating a little bit of pie. If you asked for a sliver, she would give you the biggest slice your eyes have ever seen. It was as if she didn’t even know the meaning of “just a small piece please”. We still get a laugh out of that today and it’s a great memory that I have of her.
The farmers markets have been full of beautiful looking rhubarb lately, so I knew I wanted to make my Auntie Dot’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. While I kept the recipe for the filling the same, I decided to bake it off in little ramekins for individual serving sized treats, instead of making a whole pie. Don’t you just love food that comes in small packages like that? I know I do. Besides being just plain adorable, I think when you are served something in a small, individual dish it just makes you feel really special. Like somebody went to all the trouble to make this just for you. I like that.
This recipe for the strawberry-rhubarb pie filling made six 6 oz ramekins, but it can also be used to fill a single 8-9 inch pie. I decided to omit the bottom crust, and just do the lattice work on the top. The recipe for the crust below makes enough dough for 2 whole full-sized pie crusts. Obviously, this is way more than you need for the little bit of lattice work for these ramekins. But pie dough freezes really well. So I figured, if I’m going to bother with getting out all the ingredients and the food processor, I might as well make the whole recipe and save the rest for later. But feel free to scale back if you want.
I think my Auntie Dot would be very happy with the way these this little tarts came out. They are sweet and tangy and make perfect use of late springs bounty of rhubarb. Although she probably wouldn’t approve of the small serving size!
Recipe for All-Butter Pastry Dough from Tanglewood Baked Goods.
A good tutorial for making lattice crust can be found on Simply Recipes.
—Liz @ FloatingKitchen