Deep-Fried Sweet Tea

If you like your tea sweet and cold, what about deep-fried? Watch Test Kitchen Professional Norman King attempt to fry this Southern staple.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Norman, from the Southern Living test kitchen and I want to ask the question why would anybody in their right mind wanna fry sweet tea? The answers is because you can. [LAUGH] I'm going to make it into a beignet, something a little more fun. What I wanted to start with is I made a sweet tea concentrate, essentially, out of two family sized tea bags. We need a strong tea flavor for it to come through the batter. Well, this is pretty much done now. And it's a really, really, really, really sticky dough. And now this goes in the fridge for 4 to 24 hours. [SOUND] This is exactly what you want it to look like when it's finished. And it actually looks [LAUGH] really good. We roll this out to about a half inch, between a half inch and a quarter inch thickness. But you don't wanna go too thin, because if you do they don't puff up as nice. And, now we just hope that these, will fry up properly. [MUSIC] But just, I do, really, no more than 4 or 5 at a time. [MUSIC] You want to fry these at 360 degrees for about 20 to 30 seconds on each side, until they're golden brown. This is golden brown. What I look to do is, when I drain them, I just hold it to the side so all the oil runs off. And there shouldn't be anything dripping underneath. While these are still warm, about 30 seconds or so out of the grease, you just wanna dip them in a little bit of icing. This is lemon icing. Kinda to simulate the lemon on your sweet tea. And it's just powdered sugar, a little bit of lemon zest, lemon juice, and a couple tablespoons of milk. So good. Mm-hmm. And see the little air pocket in there? It makes it really delicious. I love these things. Okay. And so, the general consensus is that they taste delicious, but not quite like sweet tea, and to get more of a sweet tea flavor, we probably have to change the glaze more than the dough, cuz I don't know if the dough's gonna actually carry the flavor as well as we thought. We tried one, and it's like Cafe' Du Monde meets Krispy Kreme.
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