Rhubarb Pie – The Joy of Watching my Son Bake

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Today my oldest son graduated from 8th Grade. It struck me yesterday as no biggie, just another last day of school. Today, I find myself thinking about him in a new way. He’s not a small child anymore. This was made clear when I saw him accepting his 8th grade diploma and he was taller than all of his teachers. What, when did that happen? He’s a high schooler now, and that is just plain crazy. Up until this moment, he was still my little boy, just barely able to function on his own. Today I am faced with the fact that he is charging toward manhood at a dizzying pace. I’m trying to be ready, but really I’m not sure yet. The up-side to this realization is that now I’ll have him do more laundry, cleaning, cooking and all the things we adults live for.

Yesterday, when he was still a little boy in my mind (oh, who am I kidding, he’ll always be my little boy) we baked a rhubarb pie together. It was a gift, made even sweeter by the events that followed today. He made the dough, a filling of rhubarb and cherries and he created the lattice. I sat back, trying not to take over, and just watched in amazement as he figured it all out. It was a thing of beauty to see him moving so confidently in the kitchen and the pie, well you can see for yourself, the kid has skill. I was in heaven. Today I am a mess of emotions and I’m so happy to have a piece of his rhubarb pie to make me smile.

Happy Graduation to all you seniors and 8th graders!

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Rhubarb Pie

1 recipe chilled pie dough – for a 9-Inch Pie Dish

6 cups rhubarb, stems removed and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cups cherries or raspberries

1 1/2 cups sugar (our pie was pretty tart, so add more if you like it sweet), plus more for sprinkling over the top

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter

Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water)

Preheat oven to 425°F with the rack on the bottom shelf.

Follow these instructions for rolling out the dough and creating the lattice top.

Assembling Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a large bowl toss together the rhubarb, cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Place the filling in the prepared pie shell. Break the butter up into several pieces and put it over the filling.

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Put the lattice over the top. Crimp the edges. brush the top with egg wash.

Sprinkling Lattice Crust with Sugar | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Sprinkle rhubarb pie generously with sugar.

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Place the pie on a baking sheet, just in case the juices bubble over.

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Overflowing | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Bake rhubarb pie at 425°F for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F, bake until the juices are bubbling and translucent, and the fruit is very soft. This can take up to an 1 1/2 hours. If the top crust starts to get too much color, tent the pie loosely with foil.

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Overflowing | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Allow the rhubarb pie to cool so the juices set enough to cut the pie.

Rhubarb Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François


18 thoughts to “Rhubarb Pie – The Joy of Watching my Son Bake”

  1. Your son baked an awesome looking pie. Did he use sweet cherries or sour cherries?
    Another great fruit to use with rhubarb is bananas.

  2. This has sweetness in so many ways. And, he’s good! His college (some day) roommates are going to be very lucky…

  3. Congrats to your son on graduation! Aw, how sweet that you’ve taught him so much about cooking that he knows his way around a kitchen. It’ll come in handy when that little baby boy of yours needs to impress a girl (hopefully not anytime soon of course!) 😉

  4. Gosh, I’m all teary-eyed. My daughter had her last day of preschool today, and that was hard enough. I can’t imagine her moving on to high school. And what a great pie!

  5. What a great time spent with your son!
    Love rhubarb. We can’t grow it here well at all. When I lived in Minnesota we had tons!

  6. I made this pie yesterday, after my husband told me he’d only ever had it once but it was his favourite pie. He’s American but we live in Scotland now, where the rhubarb is just coming in season. Your instructions were easy to follow, incl the lattice (another 1st), and the results were beautiful and tasty. Thank you!

  7. I made this pie… I was out of cinnamon so I substituted with Cardamom. mmm. It was the most beautiful and delicious pie I have ever made. The cherries with the rhubarb was inspired. Thank you!!

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