Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sweet Tea Pie and Milk Punch

First, thanks to everyone for your kind words about our doggy.  They were all very much appreciated. 

So I've got a couple more recipes for you from the cookbook "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea".  

The first is the much acclaimed Sweet Tea Pie

 I was really excited to make this because it sounded so unique.  But for me it turned out to be an epic fail.  I must have done something wrong because the filling turned out way runnier than I would have expected. 

 And even if it had set up just right, I think it would have been way too sweet for me.  I really didn't get the "tea" flavor coming through either.  Make it if you feel led to, maybe it will turn out better for you.
(btw, if you do make this, be aware that I just happened to read on someone's site before I started, that the crust ingredients are double what they should be.  Something that slipped past editing I suppose.  So cut those first 3 ingredients in half for the proper amount of crust)  

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
8 large egg yolks
¾ cup strong steeped orange pekoe tea, cooled
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons cornmeal
½ teaspoon salt

Make the crust. In an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until well combined. Add the flour and mix until the dough forms a ball. Pat the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Chill until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Make the filling. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light. Add the yolks one at a time, beating at low speed until well incorporated. Slowly add the tea, lemon zest, and 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 the prepared crust. Bake for 45 minutes of until set. Cool completely on a wire rack, and then chill for 2 hours before serving. Garnish with candied lemon peel, sweetened whipped cream, and mint leaves.

Secondly, is Martha's (the author) recipe for Milk Punch.  That girl loves her bourbon!  This stuff...I like.  

Milk Punch
Serves 1

1 ½ ounces good bourbon or brandy
2 ounces half-and-half
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
Drop of vanilla extract
Ice cubes
Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine the bourbon, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly until the mixture is cold and frothy. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with a grating of nutmeg.



Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Okay, now you have me curious about this pie - though it reminds me of a chess pie and I'm with you on that. Those are some kinda sweet! Probably why I skimmed right past that recipe. The milk punch I'm very familiar with - those are popular around Mardi Gras time down here and they will sneak up on ya!

♥peachkins♥ said...

hmmnn... I have to have a taste of that pie!

Monica H said...

My hubby makes a mean milk punch that starts off with melted vanilla bean ice cream- sinful.

I like that this is a single serving beverage. I might have to try it :-)

Brenda said...

Sorry about the pie. It actually sounds good, but I know what you mean. I made a buttermilk pie a few weeks ago that was one of the most disgusting things I've ever made. Couldn't even eat it, went right into the garbage, lol. The milk punch looks great though! Yum!

Joanne said...

You can't go wrong with bourbon I don't think. Ever. That milk punch looks glorious!

Kim said...

Whoa! I'm way behind on commenting. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet little puppy friend. They are such sweet and loyal little companions.

I really, really wanted to try that sweet tea pie. It just sounded like such a fun recipe. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't turn out well and that it didn't really taste like tea. That's a bummer. Sounds like there were some editing problems for sure.

The milk punch, on the other hand, looks delicious. I've never tried it before, but it looks like a tasty way to get your drink on!

Take care!

Kim said...

Okay...apparently I missed the post where you announced that you bought the Sweet Tea and Screen Doors book! Can't wait to see everything you make. Sounds like a fun project:)

Barbara said...

Sorry about the sweet tea pie 'cause it sounds really interesting. Kind of looks like the filling of a pecan pie, doesn't it? Wonder if others had the same problem?

Monet said...

I have never heard anything like this...and I'm so sorry that it didn't end up working out! It seems like some of these more unique recipes can be more difficult to work the kinks out of. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Aunt Spicy said...

I just tried a similar recipe from Bon Appetite with similar results...sigh. I'll stick with buying from the bakery for awhile!

~Dana said...

Any kind of pie is a good kind of pie! Yummy!

Brandy said...

I've never heard of a sweet tea pie, but I pretty much like any kind of pie. :)

Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

I hate when you take or find the time to bake and it doesn't turn out. Free time is so valuable! I just had a slice of peach cobbler this past weekend and now I can't stop thinking about it!!

Velva said...

The tea pie is interesting-pretty cool. I know it did not turn out quite what you expected but, still nice.

I am liking the milk with bourbon. Yum.

My Little Space said...

Julie, your milk punch sounds fantastic! Do you want join in the Quickie Challenge organized by Denise @ Quickie on the dinner table!? Enjoy your day.
Cheers, Kristy

grace said...

these are two extremely unique recipes! 2 cups of sugar is indeed a lot of sweetness for one pie, but i'd give it a shot, cavities be darned! and the milk punch sounds wicked and magnificent. :)

Reeni said...

The pie sounds super sweet and really rich! I bet it would satisfy my raging sweet tooth. The milk punch sounds like a treat too.