Rhubarb Pie from a Vermont Garden & Kitchen

May 22nd, 2012 / Comments 1

An unattended, spring garden in Vermont is full of surprises, mostly weedy ones. We returned from Italy and found that the comfrey, a perennial wild herb, who’s leaves are said to cure athlete’s foot when tucked between toes and taped in place, was nearly three-feet tall and about to overwhelm the peonies. Lush, tall grass had moved into what were beds of flowers. The good news is that the rhubarb was thriving.

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The tall rhubarb flowers led me to it and I harvested the rhubarb, removed the leaves and put the trimmed stalks into plastic bags and stored it in the fridge. I had enough to make four rhubarb treats in less than a week. First, I made a rhubarb custard pie with a recipe from a friend’s grandmother, then rhubarb syrup, followed by a rhubarb crumb cake seasoned with cardamom and topped with whipped cream to share with friends, and used the last of my first harvest to make baked rhubarb to add to a salad. A piece of pie is often breakfast in New England. A slice of custardy rhubarb pie served with a steamy cup of coffee does the trick. Here’s how I made the pie:

Rhubarb Pie from a Vermont Garden & Kitchen
Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Carol Egbert
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 70 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 8
A rhubarb pie with a creamy custard filling
  • 1 1/2 cups (340 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups (300g) rhubarb, sliced
  • 1 9 inch (22cm) unbaked pie crust
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º F (190º C)
  2. Combine sugar, flour, milk, nutmeg, vanilla and eggs in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add rhubarb.
  4. Spoon the fruit mixture into pie pan lined with an unbaked crust that extended two inches over the sides.
  5. Fold the extra pastry back onto filling to give the pie a rustic look and make a fancy latticework unnecessary.
  6. Bake for 70 minutes in a 190-degree C / 375-degree oven until the crust to brown and the custard to set.

Lovely for breakfast if you’re lucky enough to have left overs.

Check back for posts with recipes for rhubarb syrup, rhubarb crumb cake and roasted rhubarb.

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