Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie


  • Prep Time30 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 30 mins
  • Makes8 servings
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Chatelaine Triple Tested

This sweet and savoury strawberry-rhubarb pie will have you wanting more! Be sure to have lots of napkins close by, it can get messy.


  • 4 cups sliced rhubarb

  • 3 1/2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries, about 500 g

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup minute tapioca

  • orange zest, from 1 orange

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, or 1 tbsp light milk

  • granulated sugar, for sprinkling


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • 3 tbsp ice water

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon


  • PASTRY: Stir together flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or your hands, cut in butter until coarse crumbs  form. Using a fork, stir in ice water to create a soft dough that can easily be formed into a ball. Add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, if needed. Dough should not be sticky. Divide dough, forming into 2 discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 45 min or overnight.

  • COMBINE rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl. When you're ready to roll out pastry and assemble pie, stir sugar, tapioca and zest into fruit. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 15 min, so that berries and rhubarb release juices.

  • PLACE rack in lowest position in oven. Preheat oven to 425F. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one disc of pastry on a floured surface into a 12-in. circle. Loosely roll up around rolling pin. Unroll over 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Press dough over bottom and sides of pie plate. Don't prick. Trim pastry, leaving a 1/4-in. overhang. Roll out remaining pastry disc into an 11-in. circle.

  • SPREAD filling evenly into pie crust. Moisten edge of bottom crust with water. Roll top crust around rolling pin, then unroll over filling. Trim edges, leaving 1-in. overhang.

  • FOLD top edge under bottom edge. Crimp edges together using your index finger and thumb. Or press around edges using the tines of a fork.

  • LIGHTLY brush top crust with egg. Cut small slits or a round hole in top crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet.

  • BAKE on bottom rack for 15 min. Reduce temperature to 350F. Continue baking until bottom and top crusts are golden and fruit is bubbling, 45 to 60 min. Cool completely on a rack, at least 2 hours, before slicing. Cut strawberry rhubarb pie into wedges.

Easy rolling

Let chilled pie dough stand at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling out. This will help prevent tears in the pastry.

Perfect Texture

We worked hard to get this strawberry rhubarb filling just right - not too runny or too thick. We even made versions with different amounts of tapioca and asked our co-workers to pick their favourites. And the last key to a luscious texture? Waiting for the pie to cool before digging in!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 505, Protein 5g, Carbohydrates 76g, Fat 21g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 135mg.

If making pastry in the food processor: Whirl flour, sugar and salt to mix. Add butter, then pulse until crumbs form. While motor is running, pour ice water and lemon juice through spout. Continue whirling just until dough comes together. Add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, if needed. Dough should not be sticky. Divide and refrigerate, 45 minutes to overnight.