Have I mentioned how many small town festivals my small town has each year? We often joke that if you are familiar with Star’s Hollow and Gilmore Girls, Mount Vernon could easily compete. We are a couple of months away from Chalk the Walk, but yesterday we celebrated Pi Day. You know, 3.1415…as seen here:
Well, across the world yesterday was Pi Day: March 14. Our Community Development Group decided to celebrate through a fundraiser by asking folks to make pies and then the group sold them for donations. Our grocery store even had a sale on milk to help support the sale, which happened in our grocery store parking lot. I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cookbook.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
2 pie crusts
4 c rhubarb (fresh or frozen), chopped in 1-inch slices
2 c strawberries (fresh or frozen)
zest of 1 orange
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 c white sugar
Combine rhubarb, strawberries, orange zest, salt, cornstarch, and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 20 minutes. Spread dough in the bottom of a pan. After ingredients have mixed together and sat, pour into the pie crust. Top with 2-3 Tbsp butter in small chunks or slices. Top with other crust, crimp edges, and cut slits for air to escape.
Bake at 425 for 45-60 minutes, until crust is browned.