Earl Grey Icebox Pie

This elegant icebox pie is in the rotation of popular desserts at Dad's Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California. If you don't have loose tea, use the contents of 15 tea bags. Chef Scott Clark keeps the tea leaves in the custard, which gives the filling a bit of texture—you can strain it if you prefer. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Earl Grey Icebox Pie
Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar plus 2/3 cup, divided

  • cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 ⅔ cups low-fat milk

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • cup loose Earl Grey tea leaves

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3 large eggs

  • 3 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl. Add melted butter and stir until evenly coated. Press the mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie pan. Refrigerate.

  2. Combine milk, cream and tea leaves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. (If desired, strain to remove the leaves and return the milk mixture to the pan.)

  3. Mix cornstarch and the remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a large bowl. Whisk eggs and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs into the cornstarch mixture. While whisking, add one-third of the hot milk. Scrape the egg mixture back into the pan with the remaining hot milk.

  4. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the custard is steaming and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Cover and freeze until set, about 3 hours.

  5. Let the pie stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before cutting.

To make ahead

Freeze for up to 4 days.


9-inch pie pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
16g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Vitamin A 529IU 11%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Potassium 137mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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