While being raised on a farm I often ate rhubarb, so it's natural for me to use it in a pie. I prefer to use lard for the flaky pie crust and thin, red rhubarb stalks for the filling. These two little secrets helped this recipe win top honors at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. —Marianne Carlson, Jefferson, Iowa
"For many years we had a bountiful rhubarb crop, and this pie was one way I could get my three sons to eat it," recalls Marion Lipinsky of Winnipeg, Manitoba. "We look forward to this tasty springtime treat."
"Slab pie" is a pastry baked in a jelly-roll pan and cut in slabs like a bar cookie—or a pie bar, if you will. My grandfather was a professional baker and served pieces of slab pie to his customers back in the day. Here is my spin, featuring rhubarb and gorgeous red raspberries. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nothing hides the tangy rhubarb in this lovely pie, which has just the right balance of sweet and tart. Serving this dessert is a nice way to celebrate the end of winter! — Ellen Benninger, Greenville, Pennsylvania
Field editor Doreen Martin from Kitimat, British Columbia shares her creamy rhubarb pie with a twist. "A hint of orange flavor and a nice blend of spices complement the tangy rhubarb," she writes. "I like to serve the pie while it's still warm."
"I love mixing rhubarb with different fruits, combining its tart goodness with something sweet," says Pam Cheney, who farms 40 acres of rhubarb in Onalaska, Washington. Her pie starts with a prepared crust, is filled with rhubarb and raspberries, and its topped with streusel.