Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie



Rhubarb pie is a classic dessert that celebrates the tangy and vibrant flavors of rhubarb. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a pie novice, this simple yet satisfying pie is a must-try. Let’s explore what makes rhubarb pie so special!

Required Items

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need for an old-fashioned rhubarb pie:

Pie Crust

      • 10.6 ounces (300 grams) of all-purpose flour
      • 1.1 ounces (30 grams) of regular sugar
      • 7.1 ounces (200 grams) of cold butter
      • 2-5 tablespoons of cold water


      • 24.7 ounces (700 grams) of peeled (if needed) and trimmed rhubarb
      • 4.6 ounces (130 grams) of regular sugar (adjust to your taste)
      • 1.1 ounces (30 grams) of tapioca starch (for binding)
      • Optional: some orange zest or spices
      • 1.1 ounces (30 grams) of butter
      • 1 egg for egg wash
      • Coarse sugar for sprinkling

The Process

    1. Prepare the Pie Crust:
      • Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl.
      • Add cold butter in chunks and quickly work it into crumbs with your hands.
      • Gradually add cold water until you can form a ball.
      • Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
    2. Make the Filling:
      • Cut the rhubarb into 1 inch chunks.
      • Mix with sugar and tapioca starch (and any optional spices).
      • Set aside.
    3. Assemble the Pie:
      • Roll out half of the chilled dough into a circle slightly bigger than your pie form.
      • Transfer it to cover the bottom and sides of the pie form.
      • Pour the rhubarb filling into the crust.
      • Dot the filling with small pieces of butter.
      • Roll out the remaining dough and either cover the pie or create a lattice pattern on top.
    4. Bake:
      • Brush the top crust with egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar.
      • Bake at 350°F (180°C) for about 1 hour or until golden and bubbly.

Serving and Enjoyment

      • Let the pie cool slightly before slicing.
      • Serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
      • The sweet-tart rhubarb filling pairs perfectly with the buttery crust.


Rhubarb pie is a nostalgic treat that brings back memories of grandma’s kitchen. Its simplicity allows the rhubarb flavor to shine, making each bite a delightful balance of sweet and tangy. So next time you spot fresh rhubarb at the store, grab it and bake yourself a comforting slice of old-fashioned rhubarb pie!


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