The Perfection of a Rhubarb Pie

There they were, in the produce section of a small local grocery…a forgotten love…Rhubarb.  That sweet and tangy combination that tastes just like Spring. Quickly I placed them in my cart and hurried home with thoughts of a delicious pie in my head…until busy weekend plans seemed to get in the way. Never fear! No time for a traditional pie crust…grab some nilla wafers, sugar and butter and you have the perfect base for that lovely Rhubarb.

Easy Peasy Nilla Wafer crust

60 wafers

1/3 cup of melted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1. Crush wafers in food processor (or if you want to rid yourself of some stress, roll them into bits with a ziplock bag and rolling pin.

2. Add melted butter and sugar to crumbs and mix until moistened.

3. Press into pie plate. I use a metal measuring cup to evenly compress onto bottoms and sides of plate.

4. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees until edges are brown.  Cool completely before filling.

On to the Main Event!

The Filling ingredients

1. 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. *Here is a hint…wash, chop and freeze your rhubarb for at least a day before baking to release excess juice. Thaw in a strainer before use, but do not squeeze*

2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar

4. 1/4 teaspoon each of the following spice: allspice, cardamom, and ginger

5. 1/2 teaspoon salt

6. 3-4 tablespoons of ground arrowroot or corn starch

7. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

8. 1 large egg

9. Dash of bitters (totally optional)

The Steps

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Combine rhubarb, sugars, spices, salt, and arrowroot powder, mix thoroughly

3. Add lemon juice, egg and and bitters, stir together.

4. Pour into prepared pie shell

5. Place pie on rimmed baking sheet, place in oven on lowest rack.

6. Bake 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool 2-3 hours

7. Cut and serve…enjoy!

I am absolutely delighted to celebrate my 3rd Mother’s Day with the fair Princess. I will always remember the exact minute she  and I met!

She has a better reaction to me now…

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30 thoughts on “The Perfection of a Rhubarb Pie

  1. Hope you had a very Happy Mother’s Day!! Absolutely love the photos of The Princess and you!!! Thank-you for this beautiful post. P.S. My Gram grew rhubarb on her farm in Pa. and people came from Philadelphia just to purchase some. Rhubarb pie was a common dessert at Gram’s house too.

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    1. I would love to try my hand with some rhubarb in the garden. My grandma made a rhubarb crumble I have never been able to reproduce. Maybe it had to do with the time spent with her rather than ingredients. I miss her.


  2. I love rhubarb because it is not too sweet but I like the idea of using nilla wafers for the crust as they would mitigate the tartness of the rhubarb. I will definitely give this a try.

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    1. I love a traditional double crust with a Rhubarb Pie. I used to make pie crusts ahead of time and have them in my freezer. The addition of a little one makes time a bit more of a challenge!


  3. I was in the garden today and I saw how big my rhubarb was. I thought that I need to make a pie. Yum, love a rhubarb/strawberry combination! Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC.

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  4. We just moved to a home with room for a garden. I was delighted to find rhubarb growing in the garden! Please reply with changes for a strawberry/rhubarb pie. Thanks a bunch.

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