Sweet Tea Pie Recipe

2012-04-10
Sweet Tea Pie Recipe
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Iced Sweet Tea….aaahhh…isn’t’ the sound of that just refreshing?

If you’re from the South, there’s nothing like it…anywhere!

 


Doesn’t this picture of it look wonderful! My favorite little restaurant by the bay in
Fairhope, AL serves it this way with orange wedges. Love it! They have me addicted!
(Remember the Cutie addiction phase…hmm..maybe there’s a connection…)

My children’s friends growing up called it “sugar water”, but drank it by the gallons

 when they were at our house.
My sweet Kaia always says, “Grandma, I want some sweet teef.” 🙂
I have cut down on the sugar, some, but not to the point where it’s “semi-sweet”–ugh!…
I have had this served to me and would have just rather had water!

The first time I visited Jessica in Los Angeles, she warned me,

“Mom, they do not make “sweet tea” out here. They do not even know what “sweet tea” is. (She was kindly trying to say, “Mom, don’t embarrass me, please.”)

Of course, the first place we eat, I was asked what I would like to drink.

“Do you have sweet tea?” I replied.

The young man behind the counter looked at me as if I had just landed from another planet. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the bewildered look on his face as he was looking from me

to my daughter nervously.

“No, Mom, they don’t”, Jessica strongly reminded me.

Well, I’m thinking if someone would just give someone the recipe for sweet tea in

Los Angeles, there would be many less grumpy people there and they would not be as inclined to constantly honk their horns at each other.   Just saying….

Anyway, I started all this to tell you that this week, someone this week

has introduced me to “Sweet Tea Pie”!
Are you kidding–sweet tea and pie combined?
Absolutely the most wondrous southern invention I’ve come across in a long time!I’m sharing the recipe below..bake one today…sit on the porch
and savor that sweet southern flavor.
Wave and smile at people as they drive by. It just might make their day–and yours too 🙂

Hmm…I might even try sending one to that little deli in Los Angeles.

I believe it might change their perspective on things!
Sweet Tea Pie 

2 sticks butter, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 large egg yolks
3/4 cup strong brewed tea, cooled (I used Lipton)
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
Unbaked pie shell (I use Pillsbury)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add the yolks one at a time beating well.
Slowly add the tea.
Add lemon zest and the lemon juice.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add the flour, cornmeal and salt and mix well.

Pour the mixture into crust and bake about 45 minutes, until set.

Cool completely on a wire rack and then chill 2 hours before serving.

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