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Cherry Rhubarb Pie

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Celebrate the fruits of the season with this cherry rhubarb pie. It is sweet, tart, and loaded with flavor. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

Slice of rhubarb cherry pie on plate with remaining pie and server nearby.

This sour cherry rhubarb pie recipe is straight from my grandma’s recipe box. It combines those tart fruit flavors with just enough sugar to sweeten it at balance the flavors to make a delicious dessert.

I found this recipe while digging through my grandma’s recipe box. It was on a yellowed newspaper clipping that was just tattered enough to let me know that it was well loved.

Slice of cherry rhubarb pie on plate with remaining pie in a glass pie plate in the background.

We finally planted some rhubarb in our garden. The tart veggie has really been growing on me the last few years, so I needed to have a local source!

For a while, my grandma was talking about putting together a rhubarb cookbook. So, I knew I would find some gems in her collection.

This pie recipe is a great example of that. It has everything we already love about a good sour cherry pie with the addition of tart rhubarb.

It is great on its own, but even better with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. It is a perfect spring or summer dessert, but can be made with frozen rhubarb all year long.

Tray of ingredients including cherries, rhubarb, sugar, vanilla, tapioca, and pie crust ready to be made into a pie.

Tips for Getting the Perfect Fruit Pie

Chill the crust while you prepare the filling. Cold pastry = flaky pastry.

You should be able to see the juices bubbling inside the pie before you pull it. If they aren’t really bubbling, the juices won’t be thickened enough. 

This is the hardest part, but wait for the pie to completely cool before you slice it. It will take several hours to get completely to room temperature, but if you cut it before that the juices won’t be set.

The pie will absolutely taste amazing but you’ll wonder why the filling is soupy. It’s better to let it cool and then reheat your slice a bit before you top it with ice cream.

And of course, enjoy the process. The love you are putting into it is the super secret ingredient. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you prepare rhubarb for baking?

First, remove the leaves. They contain a toxin and should not be eaten.

Wash the stalks well and allow to dry. Remove any large blemishes then cut into ⅛ inch pieces.

What pie crust should I use for this pie?

Making your own pie crust is easier than it may seem. I am trying to get better about making more homemade pastry myself.

My family is partial to my great-grandma’s lard pie crust recipe. If lard isn’t your thing, MiMi shared her favorite flaky pie crust recipe several years ago.

Pie plate after the top crust has been fitted on top and crimped around the edges with some vent holes, ready to go in the oven.

However, I will certainly not judge if you want to use store-bought crust. Do whatever it takes to get a tasty pie on the table!

I tend to put a full sheet of crust on top of the pie and then just cut vents to allow steam to escape. You can certainly make a lattice top or use a pie bird if you want.

You can brush your top crust with either an egg wash or milk and sprinkle with sugar. It gives it an extra golden color and crunch.

Storing Your Pie

Be sure to cool your pie completely before serving or storing it.

Fruity pies can be stored at room temperature for 2 days. For longer storage, cover the pie and refrigerate it for up to a week.

Lookin down on a slice of cherry rhubarb pie with the remaining pie in the background showing the golden brown crust and thickened filling.

More Rhubarb Pie Recipes to Try

If you like trying rhubarb recipes, try making a peach rhubarb pie. It is another different flavor combination that really works well.

Or make a rhubarb sour cream pie for a creamy but still fruity alternative. There are so many ways you can make a tasty rhubarb pie!

Check out my collection of pie recipes for even more tasty inspiration.

Sliced of cherry rhubarb pie with double crust and thick fruity filling on plate with fork, ready to eat.

Cherry Rhubarb Pie

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Celebrate the fruits of the season with this cherry rhubarb pie. It is sweet, tart, and loaded with flavor. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.
5 from 1 rating
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cooling & Resting time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 15 ounce can pitted red tart cherries drained
  • 1 pound fresh rhubarb about 3 cups sliced
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 drops red food coloring optional
  • Pastry for double pie crust


  • Preheat the oven to 450℉.
  • Slice rhubarb about ⅛-inch thick.
    1 pound fresh rhubarb
  • In a large bowl, combine the cherries and rhubarb.
    15 ounce can pitted red tart cherries
  • Add the sugar, tapioca, baking soda, almond extract, and food coloring. Stir to combine, then let sit for 20 minutes.
    1¼ cups granulated sugar, ¼ cup quick-cooking tapioca, ⅛ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon almond extract, 4 drops red food coloring
  • Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with crust. Pour filling inside.
    Pastry for double pie crust
  • Cover with remaining crust, crimping the edges. Cut a few vent holes in the top crust. If desired, sprinkle with a little bit of coarse sugar.
  • Bake at 450℉ for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350℉ and bake for 40-45 minutes longer. The crust should be a light golden brown and the filling should be bubbly.
  • Remove from oven to cooling rack. Cool for at least one hour before serving.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 123mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 444IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 2nd of June 2024

I can't wait to make this again!