Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie

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Looking for a way to use all of that great spring rhubarb? Rhubarb Pie is the perfect amount of sweetness between two pie crusts, and the filling is only 5 ingredients. This recipe comes straight from our Grandma’s recipe box.

Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Our Dad loves this old fashioned rhubarb pie.  We don’t blame him, because it is perfection. If mom or I haven’t already made one, he will conveniently cut some rhubarb and leave it in the kitchen.  Next thing you know, a rhubarb pie appears.

This is a pretty unique rhubarb pie recipe.  Most often, you’ll see rhubarb and strawberry pie.  We prefer this version, hands down.

The filling is easy. Rhubarb, sugar, flour, egg and vanilla. Grandma would make a mixture of the cut rhubarb, sugar and flour. Then she’d make a separate mixture of egg and vanilla. Lastly, she’d combine the two mixtures and pour into a pie crust.  Simple enough!

Please note—rhubarb varieties vary in color. Some are more green, while others have a vibrant red of pink.

Our rhubarb plant at home is more green in color while the frozen rhubarb we purchase in the freezer department is more pink. This changes the color of the pie filling vastly; however, they are all beautiful and delicious.

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

What is Rhubarb?

Are you familiar with rhubarb?  It’s a vegetable that once planted, returns each year. Typically, it’s one of the first signs of spring around here in Indiana (that and our asparagus patch).  Rhubarb grows long stalks that are red and green with big leaves.

Be sure to remove the rhubarb leaves before cooking because they are poisonous. When you find it at the grocery story, the leaves are usually removed for you!  The stalks are completely edible; however, they are very tart. That’s why most recipes use rhubarb as a dessert with plenty of sugar.

We use rhubarb many different ways such as Grandma’s Rhubarb Streusel, Rhubarb Muffins and Rhubarb Bread. We gathered some of our favorite recipes and those of our friends in the rhubarb post. This pie recipe is actually the rhubarb recipe Grandma made most often.

 

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pie Ingredients

Diced rhubarb, fresh or frozen

Pie Crust

Vanilla

Egg

Flour

Sugar

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

The crust is up to you.  If you have a favorite recipe for homemade pie crust, go ahead and use it. Be sure you use a recipe that makes 2 crusts, one for the top and one for the bottom.

If you don’t have a pie crust recipe or if you’d like an easy short cut, there’s no shame in buying prepared pie crusts from the refrigerated section.  That’s what we typically do.

If you have only one pie crust in your freezer or refrigerator, try our Classic Rhubarb Pie with one crust.

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

Notes about Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pie Recipe

  • This can be a fresh rhubarb pie or a frozen rhubarb pie. We make it both ways.
  • The filling may be pink or green just depending on the variety of rhubarb you use.
  • You’ll need two pie crusts. Either buy some pre-made from the refrigerated section, or make your own. If you use a refrigerated crust, follow the directions on the package. Most say to remove from the refrigerator prior to using.
  • This recipe calls for two cups of rhubarb. Be sure this is only the stalks. Wash the stalks to remove the dirt. Cut into small chunks, approximately 3/4 inch.  If there’s woody ends, you can peel them off.
  • The recipe follows a two-step cooking process. The first 15 minutes is at 425 degrees F, then turn down the oven and cook at 350 degrees F for an additional 45 minutes.
  • The filling may seep out the top. This is ok! It tastes great anyways. You may want to place the pie pan on a flat cookie sheet in case the filling bubbles over.
  • It is best if you allow the pie to rest for an hour before cutting. This lets the filling cool and set up. If you don’t do this, the filling will ooze out when you cut it.
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  • Like the flavor of a strawberry rhubarb pie? Check out our Rhubarb Pie with Strawberry Jell-O.

How to make Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie

Full recipe directions and ingredient amounts for frozen or fresh rhubarb are at the bottom of this post in the recipe card.

In a bowl, mix rhubarb chunks, flour and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix egg and vanilla. Combine the two mixtures. Place bottom crust into pie pan. Pour in the filling. Arrange the top crust over the filling. Bake following two-step baking process.

Let cool for a minimum one hour before cutting.

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

Our Favorite Recipes from Grandma

Grandma has many more of our favorite recipes including Grandma’s Fantasy Fudge, Grandma’s Caramel Corn, Grandma’s Cherry Fluff, Grandma’s Butterscotch Rolls, and Grandma’s Cooked Ice Cream.

Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
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Grandma's Rhubarb Pie

Looking for a way to use up that spring rhubarb? This rhubarb pie comes straight from our Grandma's recipe box.  It's the perfect amount of sweetness between a two pie crusts, and the filling is only 5 ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh rhubarb pie, frozen rhubarb pie, old fashioned rhubarb pie, rhubarb pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rhubarb
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pie crusts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Wash rhubarb stalks. Cut into approximately 3/4 inch chunks. Or start with frozen rhubarb.
  • Add flour and sugar to rhubarb and mix.
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • In a separate bowl, add egg and vanilla and whisk with a fork.
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • Combine the 2 mixtures.
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • Line a pie pan with a prepared pie crust. Add rhubarb filling. 
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • Arrange a top pie crust over the top. Seal the crust by pinching or rolling as desired.
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. Cook for an additional 45 minutes. 
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.
  • Let the pie rest for about an hour before cutting.
    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie is rustic but so delicious.

Notes

  • This can be a fresh rhubarb pie or a frozen rhubarb pie. We make it both ways.
  • The filling may be pink or green just depending on the variety of rhubarb you use. 
  • You'll need two pie crusts. Either buy some pre-made from the refrigerated section, or make your own. If you use a refrigerated crust, follow the directions on the package. Most say to remove from the refrigerator prior to using.
  • This recipe calls for two cups of rhubarb. Be sure this is only the stalks. Wash the stalks to remove the dirt. Cut into small chunks, approximately 3/4 inch.  If there's woody ends, you can peel them off.
  • The recipe follows a two-step cooking process. The first 15 minutes is at 425 degrees F, then turn down the oven and cook at 350 degrees F for an additional 45 minutes.
  • The filling may seep out the top. This is ok! It tastes great anyways. You may want to place the pie pan on a flat cookie sheet in case the filling bubbles over.
  • It is best if you allow the pie to rest for an hour before cutting. This lets the filling cool and set up. If you don't do this, the filling will ooze out when you cut it.
  • Try our Rhubarb Spoon Cake Recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. How many stalks how long makes the right number of cups???? None of the recipes ever say. I’m not going to use a recipe that I can’t tell how much to buy.

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