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Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust

rhubarb pie

I don’t remember when I had my first piece of rhubarb pie. As a clue, I do remember that my first taste of blueberry pie was not until the age of twenty-five. I realize that I really missed out on a lot of great flavors due to my finicky taste buds.

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That’s because, when I was too young to know better, the only pie that I would eat was my mom’s lemon meringue – it was to die for. That pie, and everything else that came from her kitchen, was made from scratch. It was something that I took for granted, until the time of her passing.

My food likes and dislikes have changed significantly since 1960. The “like” list is far longer now and, at least in terms of pies, rhubarb is right up at the very top of that list. Heidi inherited a rhubarb plant that actually dates back several generations and every spring it has been a prolific producer of some of the finest stems I have ever tasted. The pies and crisps we make are simply the very best.

rhubarb plant

And in the tradition of the way my mom did things, the pies are made from scratch. Even the crust is a tried-and-true recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that I inherited from my mom, and the rhubarb stalks are harvested from our garden. Nothing frozen and nothing pre-made or pre-packaged.

The recipe below has produced the best rhubarb pie I have ever had – certainly as good as the ones my mom used to make for my dad, way back when. I didn’t know any better, so I never even tried them. Rhubarb seems to be something that you either really like, or really don’t care for at all. But for those who like it (and I’ll steal a phrase here), “you’re gonna like this pie, I guarantee it!

Ingredients for the Crust

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5-6 tsp cold water
  • 1 tsp orange juice

Note: If you would like to skip the crust making to save some time, you can use premade refrigerated pie crusts. Just make sure you have two crusts.

Ingredients for the Rhubarb Filling

  • 5 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 ounce or splash of triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Begin making the crust by sifting 2 cups of flour and 1 tsp salt together. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or fork till pieces are the size of small peas.

Sprinkle 1 Tbsp water over part of the mixture. Gently toss with fork, and push to side of bowl. Repeat with the remaining water and orange juice until all is moistened.

Form into two equal balls. Flatten on lightly floured surface by pressing with edge of hand. Roll the first ball from center to edge until 1/8 inch thick.

Gently move the rolled pastry onto a pie plate.

Add the triple sec or Grand Marnier to the chopped rhubarb in a bowl and distribute evenly. Set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar and 6 Tbsp of flour in another bowl. Mix well and sprinkle 1/4 of it over pastry in the pie plate. Heap rhubarb over this mixture.

uncooked rhubarb in pie pan

Sprinkle with remaining sugar and flour. Dot with small pieces of butter.

pastry wheel

Roll out the second pastry ball. Cut strips of pastry 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide with a pastry wheel or knife.

weaving lattice strips

Lay strips on pie at 1-inch intervals. Fold back alternate strips as you weave cross strips. Trim lattice even with outer rim of pie plate; fold lower crust over strips. Seal and flute edge.

ready for the oven

Place pie on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for an additional 40 to 45 minutes.
This pie can be served warm or cold. I always prefer to top my slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. M-m-m-m-m-m!
As always, I hope to see you On the Lake!


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R. Karl

Angler, Author & Epicure

Fishing since the age of eight.  Seriously writing since the age of 16. Chef and foodie from the age of 22 years… and counting. So much to learn and so little time. I have enjoyed every minute of it all.  Whether on the water (where I like it best), in the kitchen, or at the keyboard, churning out content, I feel like I have found my place.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that some of what I love to do will rub off on you. I hope to see you On the Lake!

R. Karl