Best Rhubarb Pie Recipe
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Best Rhubarb Pie Recipe

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MY MOTHER always made Rhubarb Custard Pie with the first rhubarb picked. It's one of my earliest memories of a favorite treat, so I feel lucky to have this recipe. Mother was famous for her gorgeous pies. Unfortunately, she didn't write down most of her recipes...just "a handful of this" and "a dab of that" until it feels "just right" guided her creations. -Dolly Piper, Racine, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 to 4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 377 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss lightly with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate; flute edges. Spoon rhubarb into pie shell.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, cornstarch and nutmeg. Pour over rhubarb. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Originally published as Rhubarb Custard Pie in Reminisce March/April 1998, p49

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Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"This was horrible. I wish I would have read the reviews before making this pie. The pie was nothing but a puddle of liquid. I even baked it an extra 10 minutes, but it still was pile of soup. Do Not Make this - a total waste of precious rhubarb and your evening's dessert needs to be thrown out. O stars, but it wasn't offered."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"This was the easiest recipe ever. I used my food processor for the crust so quick and easy cleanup. It came out sweet tart and creamy. Will make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"I love the recipe!!! I've made about 10 of these pies for my family and friends love it! Oh and to the ones that say the pie is runny after you take it out of the needs at least a 1/2 hour to set and get thick!! Once its thick...don't blink because it'll be gone before you know it!! Hahaha!"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"I agree with the rater below. I have made this recipe twice following it EXACTLY and I threw the runny, gloppy mess OUT BOTH TIMES!!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"I made this today and it took almost 90 minutes to make and it was still yokey in the middle...Very bad recipes. Oh... and I had used the last of my rhubarb on this....."

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