Compote is a sauce made from cooking fruit with sugar. I knew a traditional compote wouldn't be thick enough to hold up in a pie, so I did have to add some thickening agents. And while the title of this pie didn't mention any strawberries or lemons, I knew rhubarb on its own would be very sour and not have enough depth to hold up on its own in a compote. This pie was tricky. You can't overcook the compote or the whole fruit will completely dissolve, but you do need to add your thickening agents and give them enough time to firm up the sauce. It was a delicate balance, but it paid off...
Start with 1lb. of rhubarb...
...chop into 1in. long pieces.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar, juice and zest of 1 small lemon.
Mix 5Tbspn of cornstarch with 1 cup of water.
Cut up 1 pint of washed strawberries...
...add them to the rhubarb when you can poke through the rhubarb with a fork. Cook for 2 more mins.
Let cool to room temperature before filling your blind baked truly flaky crust.
Once your crust and compote is cool, pour compote into crust.
MUST let firm up in fridge for 4+ hours. (Best to let stand overnight, that's when I cut into mine!)
Slice, and enjoy!! MUST serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. "He gave me ice cream!"
Couch Potato Pie. O how I love thee. This pie is a Sunday morning pie. It's a Netflix binge and wearing pajamas all day, not getting up from the couch ever kinda pie. Well you have to get up once. To make this pie. But then it's back to Netflix and season 4 of OITNB.
This is a pie featured on Joe's Pie Diner's Menu Board. It is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, midnight snack... you name it. Wonder if Jenna was thinking of Earl when inventing this pie? Earl seems to inspire many of Jenna's savory pies. Regardless, this pie is mouth watering. I would imagine this one is veryyy popular among the regulars at Joe's.
Wash and peel 4 medium Russet potatoes...
...then slice into 1/8-1/4 inch thick disks.
Grate some GOOD cheddar cheese.
Crack your eggs...
...whisk in milk, salt, and pepper.
Prepare your truly flaky crust (no blind baking on this one).
You see that ham in the background? Oh yeah, cube some!
First layer: grated cheese and smoked ham pieces.
Second layer: potato slices.
Layer more cheese and ham, then one more layer of potatoes. This needs to have a generous amount of potatoes. Otherwise it would be called Ham, Cheese, and Egg Couch Pie, right?
Pour egg mixture into your layers of ham, cheese, and potatoes.
Let sit for 15 mins before cutting into this beautiful thing. Once you do, you'll see. It's majestic. Okay, back to OITNB.
Waitress-wannabe. Baking hobbyist. Doggy mommy. Baking pies of all kinds inspired by the movie and musical WAITRESS.