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Gluten-Free Tuesday: Rustic Rhubarb Pie with Sorghum Crust

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[Photographs: Elizabeth Barbone]

Rhubarb and I got off to a rocky start. One day, as my mother began to make a strawberry rhubarb pie, I snuck a slice of rhubarb from her prep bowl. My ten-year-old self expected fruity sweetness, not the puckery sourness that greeted me. Until then, the only other culinary betrayal of this magnitude I'd experienced was the time I grabbed a piece of unsweetened chocolate from the cabinet. In both cases, I could not understand why in the world someone would bake with such awful-tasting ingredients.

Now, of course, I know better. And each spring I look forward to the arrival of rhubarb at the market.

This year, instead of a double crust pie, I made a rhubarb galette. My first few attempts had one serious problem: they leaked. A lot. Gluten-free crust is delicate and rhubarb lets go of a lot water as it bakes. Try as I might, I could not prevent my galette from leaving juice all over the baking pan. While the galette itself tasted fine, the juice that leaked out onto the pan burnt during baking.

How can you hold onto all that juicy filling? Bake the galette in a pie pan instead! Moving the galette to a pan transformed it into a rustic, open-faced pie, but that was fine with me. The juices from the filling no longer leaked out of the pie. Here are some tips to make this preparation even easier:

  • Lightly grease your pie pan. While the crust won't stick, some juices from the pie seep out during baking. Those sugary juices are sticky. A little mist of cooking spray prevents the pie from sticking to the pan.
  • Roll out the crust on a large piece of parchment paper. Then transfer the crust to the pan by inverting the pie pan and placing it over the center of the rolled-out dough. Slide your hand under the parchment (between your counter and the parchment) and flip the dough and pan in one quick motion. Gently peel parchment away from the crust.
  • Bake until the juices boil. Corn starch thickens this filling. It needs to reach a boil to achieve its thickening properties. If the juices don't boil, the filling won't thicken.

About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.com joins us every Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking. and "How to Cook Gluten-Free".

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