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Best Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Best Rhubarb Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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$naugas68 User ID: 8875431 249093
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."

gjulie15 User ID: 7470952 227849
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."

sfossen1 User ID: 7985565 46713
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!"

AnnieLou519 User ID: 6825061 47808
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!!"

dsuddeth User ID: 6570954 21857
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....."

lpinette920 User ID: 6722139 21541
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"The crust was great but the filling was full of water or juice from the rhubarb. I cooked it for 45 minutes and the crust was done. Is there a part of this recipe that is missing? Help!!!!"

Tanger0578 User ID: 5671648 50161
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"This was EXCELLENT. I added a crust on top though."

jsouba User ID: 1788691 45663
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"Wow, this was so good! So easy to make and tasted amazing. It is definately something i'll make again!"

nancyleew User ID: 2362022 202602
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"I'm not sure what went wrong but I followed the directions precisely. The filling was runny & the top was crusty like a meringue. I was so disappointed as this is the first year I was able to use my own rhubarb crop and the rhubarb itself was great."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 47807
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I forgot to add that I often add granny smith apples along with the rhubarb."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 46709
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I have to make six pies at a time because all my family like it so much that they all want one to take home with them."

mkmac4 User ID: 2198823 23496
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2009

"Rhubarb Custard pie  

1 pound rhubarb, rinsed and sliced
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
1 cup granulated white sugar 
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place rhubarb evenly in pie crust; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs and vanilla, then blend with sugar mixture. Pour over rhubarb and bake for 30 minutes or until rhubarb is tender and center is set. Remove from oven and let cool.
Makes 8 servings."

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