I sometimes have the hardest time making dessert decisions. Should I have a milkshake or an ice cream float? Do I want cookies or brownies? And the one that always seems to get me stuck is the age old question (well maybe not age old but old enough) Pies or Crumbles?
For me, deciding on the filling was quite simple. I wanted strawberries and rhubarb. End of discussion.
The only issue was deciding on whether I wanted to make a pie or a crumble. There is nothing like the flaky buttery crust of a pie packed with gorgeous sweet fruit. However, I simply can’t resist the brown sugar sweetened crunchiness of crumbs browned over a deep dish of delicious filling.
After mulling over it a bit too long, I thought it would be cool if I just combined the two. Why choose? So that’s what I did. I found this Best-Ever Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and made the following changes:
- I halved the Rich Butter Pastry recipe so I would have just enough for the bottom pie crust.
- Next, I proceeded with making the strawberry rhubarb filling as is with no adjustments.
- Lastly, I made the crumble topping from Strawberry Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble recipe and added to the top. I baked the pie according to the original Best-Ever Strawberry Rhubarb Pie instructions and perfection happened!
This was so delightful and satisfied every single craving I thought I could ever have. It also settled once and for all the “this or that” debate. My new answer for any difficult dessert decisions in the future will be “this AND that”!
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