Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
It doesn't take much to make rhubarb sing: some sugar, a bit of flour, and a pat or two of butter. When this lovely double-crust pie emerges from the oven, it's golden outside and sweet and luscious inside. This recipe gives the right balance of ingredients to give you a perfect pie. It's especially nice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 1. Preheat oven to 450*F.
- 2. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle 1/4 of it over pastry in pie plate. Heap rhubarb over this mixture. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and flour. Dot with small pieces of butter. Cover with top crust.
- 3. Place pie on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350*F., and continue baking for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- My Note: My 10-year-old grandson was determined to make this by himself, never having done anything like this before. This was the best pie! (and not just because I'm his Grpa). So simple -- so easy! I thought for sure that it would turn out too sweet because it seemed like a lot of sugar. But it was perfect! You still get that tart zip of the rhubarb that I love! I also added some cinnamon to the sugar mixture.just because I love that flavor. Make sure to put some of the sugar mixture on the bottom like the recipe states. This forms a layer under the rhubarb while baking, so that the crust doesn't get soggy. My D/W, late dad said that this pie tastes almost identical to the one his Mom used to make. That alone will make me use this recipe over and over again! Update 1/05 Don't bother with the butter; you don't need it at all. And do NOT----mix up the flour/sugar mixture with the fruit before adding the fruit to the pie shell. The reason you want copious amounts of sugar both on the bottom and on the top of the fruit (rather than mixed amongst it) is that while baking, the bubbling-hot sugar carmelizes in contact with the bottom and top crusts, a process which makes the crusts rather crispy in the final product. If you mix the sugar up with the fruit, you don't get that crispy crust, and the large amount of water in the rhubarb will definitely make the bottom crust sodden. Don't worry: the sugar makes its way through the fruit anyway, so you won't have parts of the pie too sweet and other parts too tart. Update: I won $100 for 1st prize in a rhubarb pie baking contest with this recipe. The only thing I did different, since I used green rhubarb, was tint the sugar with 2 drops of red food coloring before adding the flour. I also sprinkled a little sugar on top the crust. I used Pie Crust I from this site. Update 5/20/07: I won the rhubarb pie contest and the $100 prize again yesterday with this recipe. Since I made a 10 inch pie, I used 5 cups rhubarb, 1 2/3 cups sugar, 7 1/2 T flour, and 1 T butter. I added 3 drops red food color to the sugar. This pie is definitely a winner!
I made a couple of slight changes here. Since the rhubarb is long gone from the year I used frozen and I made tarts instead of one big pie with a circle of crust on top. The tarts work better for the two of us. The recipe works perfectly as written and we wouldn't change a thing (other than what I did, lol). There is that lovely tart tang that you want from rhubarb and it's every bit as good in late autumn as it is in the warmer months. Thank you for sharing GRPA.