Spring brings rhubarb, and you always see it growing around Amish farms. The plants are large and prolific, so farm wives usually plant it in an out-of-the-way spot where it will get plenty of sunshine and water. You might find it along the foundation of the barn, or at the base of a clothes-line post. I’ve also seen it at the back of flower gardens or at the edge of the vegetable garden.
Wherever it is, those early shoots mean spring has finally arrived, and it’s time to make pie.
This is my favorite rhubarb pie recipe, handed down from my husband’s German grandmother.
Grandma’s Rhubarb Custard Pie
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
2 eggs, well beaten
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups rhubarb – fresh or frozen
1 Tablespoon butter
If you use frozen rhubarb, thaw it and drain the juice.
Preheat your oven to 450°.
Get your pie shell ready. You can use either homemade or frozen. It’s up to you!
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, and then add the rest of the ingredients except for the rhubarb.
Now add the rhubarb and pour the mixture into your pie crust. Dot the top with butter, and it’s ready to go in the oven.
Bake the pie in your oven at 450° for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 350°, and continue baking until it’s done. That detail depends on your oven – anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. How do you know it’s done? Do the wiggle test. Gently move the oven shelf – if the filling moves like a water bed, it isn’t done.
Let your pie cool – at least to room temperature – and then serve. We ate ours plain, but wouldn’t it be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?
Now it’s your turn. What is your favorite spring tonic?
Jan Drexler’s ancestors were among the first Amish immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years. She is the author of five books published by Love Inspired, as well as “The Journey to Pleasant Prairie” series from Revell: Hannah’s Choice and Mattie’s Pledge, and Naomi’s Hope. Find Jan on Facebook, Jan Drexler, author, or her website, Jan Drexler.com.