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Oh My – It’s Time for Pie!

December 1st is National Pie Day and we can only guess that the #TeaProudly community (and Bigelow Tea of course) are down for this celebration, right?!

So “why pie”?  Here are some fun pie facts to share with anyone who is asking:

  • Humble (Pie) Beginnings –  The Ancient Greeks, as far back as 5th century BC, described sweetmeats, including small pastries filled with fruit, which many think were the first pies.
  • Pie Talk – the word pie is said to derive from magpies, the name of the species of wild birds known for their hiding and hoarding skills. The history of the connection between the dessert and the bird species is not clear; some say birds were a delicacy and cooked into pies, others rationalize pies have hidden fruits and delicacies under their crusts, likening this to the magpie.
  • Pie In The… – Pieing – the technical name for a pie in the face – is an old standard when it comes to comedy sketches.  The first incidence of pieing was in a 1909 silent film called “Mr. Flip”.

Whatever the origins or backstory, at Bigelow Tea we know pie is best served as dessert, or anytime snack, with your fave tea, hot or iced.  In fact, why not take the pie / tea combo a step further by trying out this tea infused pie recipe?  Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie has a rich aroma and taste of natural bergamot from our Earl Grey Tea…total yum…and a true #TeaProudly pie eating moment once you take your first bite!  Enjoy!!

Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1  puff pastry shell
  • 4 egg white
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Heat oven to 400.

Place pastry into baking dish of choice and make holes with fork to let air escape. Place some weight on pastry to prevent it from rising and bake till golden brown. Let cool till ready for use.

Heat water and steep tea ten minutes.

Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt and stir into tea.  Bring to a boil and whisk in butter.

Stir together egg yolks and temper with hot tea mixture and then return to pot and bring back to a boil then pour into prepared pasty shell.

Whisk egg whites with either lemon juice or cream of tartar. When soft peaks form add sugar and continue whipping till firm peaks form.

Spread over pastry and let it touch edges. Bake at 400 till meringue begins to brown and let cook till merigue is firm and cooked through. If meringue begins to get to dark lower temp to 300 and let cook till meringue sets.

Chill and serve.

Patti Scialfa’s Tea in Life and Art

Patti Scialfa may be best known as the wife of musician Bruce Springsteen and a player in the E Street Band, but she also happens to be an artist in her own right … and a tea lover, to boot!

We first learned of Scialfa’s association with tea after the release of her 2004 recording “23rd Street Lullaby.” Featured in the album is a song of the same name – which was penned by Scialfa and received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone magazine – that opens with a sultry reference to Jasmine tea (view lyrics here.) But, surprisingly, her tea preferences seem to lean in different directions. According to a Smoking Gun write-up, Patti’s backstage digs are furnished “with soy milk, green tea, various protein and energy supplements,” while a Fox News interview exposes her as a serious musician and Earl Grey lover.

To learn more about Scialfa, her latest album, “Play It as It Lays,” or tour information visit Patti’s official site.

Hugh Grant Known for College Tea Parties

Actor Hugh Grant may be most known for his role in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral co-starring Andie MacDowell or 1999’s Notting Hill opposite Julia Roberts. But Grant distinguished himself among his peers much earlier. Some twenty years ago, during his years at University of Oxford, Grant was known to host formal tea parties, say writers at Despardes.

There, “an Oxford contemporary recalls him dressing in a tweed jacket and brogues, to hold traditional tea parties where egg and cress and cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea were served from college crockery.”

Grant graduated from Oxford in 1982 with a degree in English.

For information on other famous Earl Grey lovers, revisit our September 24th post, Earl Grey Fans Include Celebrities.