Abel's Apple Acres – Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie
Abel's Apple Acres, located in Placerville, California is an orchard which is part of a small collective in the area commonly known as Apple Hill. Every year for a couple of months during the Autumn season which is the peak of the apple harvesting season, Abel's Apple Acres opens its doors to customers to purchase apples, honey, and pies which they can take home to bake in the comfort of their own kitchen. One of the pies that they have available is a Strawberry Rhubarb Apple pie.
Abel's Apple Acres
2345 Carson Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667-3766
Somewhat rich with a decent amount of sugary sweetness. Can be a bit tangy if your slice has a few pieces of the rhubarb in it, but otherwise the strawberries, apples and rhubarb tend to blend well. The crust ends up being flakey and just a touch buttery when fully cooked. The filling has healthy portions of sliced apples, with pieces of rhubarb and strawberry spread throughout the pie. Since the pie isn't one of those mass produced kinds, the rhubarb and strawberries may not be evenly distributed, though this doesn't take away from the flavor for the most part.
Having really not been well acquainted to rhubarb, I was curious how this strange celery-like veggie would be in a fruit pie. Would it make the dessert taste too bitter or would the flavors compliment each other? Cutting into the pie, chunks of rhubarb, apple and bits of strawberry slowly oozed from their flaky crust prison. I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet the pie was overall but even more so when I discovered that the tangy-ness of the rhubarb gave just the perfect amount of tartness which worked well with the apples. I would highly suggest, however, that if you purchase and bake this particular pie that you put a small sprinkling of brown sugar on the top.