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Taste of Florida Cafe Grapefruit Pie
It all started with Lang Sun Country Groves, founded in 1951 by Mary and Joe Lang in Haines City.
It’s a Lang Story
Sun Country Groves began as a grove retail shop and shipping company that quickly became the talk of the town. Fifty-three years later, the family business expanded to include a seasonal café, Taste of Florida Café, where owner Debbie Lang Brozio showcases her Grandmother Mary Lang’s treasured recipes, including her award winning Grapefruit Pie.
Fresh Florida Fare
Friendly staff works together at the Taste of Florida Café to serve up a wide array of family recipes. Every dish is created with fresh seasonal ingredients sure to awaken your taste buds. The café offers something for everyone. Salads are piled high and filled with unique ingredients. For example, the Trio Salad features scoops of chicken salad, sweet potato salad, and tangy citrus salad atop a bed of fresh greens. If you are feeling a little south of the border try the Taco Bowl Salad, bringing you all the taste of a Mexican feast.
Another group of noteworthy items are the sandwiches. The Hawaii Croissant is topped with honey baked ham and pineapple while the Roast Beef Classic is adorned with bacon and Swiss cheese – both are sure to leave you satisfied. One of the highlights of Taste of Florida Café is the Grapefruit Slaw Dog, a big beef hotdog topped with their famous grapefruit slaw.
The café also offers a variety of wraps including the Veggie Lover and the Turkey Bacon Wrap. All sandwiches, hot dogs, and wraps are served with chips. If you happen to experience one of Florida’s chillier days, a hot cup of soup or the Cracker Cowboy Chili will warm you right up. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the fresh strawberry shortcake served on top of warm fresh baked biscuits or southern sweet cake.
The Star of the Show - The Pie
If you’ve read reviews about Taste of Florida Café, you know you MUST try a slice of Grapefruit Pie. Graham cracker crust is layered with fresh grapefruit and other delicious ingredients that are sure to please both the taste buds and the eyes. Founder Mary Lang’s recipe has won numerous awards as well as a feature on the Food Network show, Epicurious. If you are still craving Grapefruit Pie once you return home, don’t worry – Mary Lang was kind enough to share her unique recipe with us!
Mary Lang's Grapefruit Pie
Yield: 8 servings
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Refrigerate: 2 to 3 hours
ounce) graham cracker crust
2 large or 3 medium red Lang grapefruit, sectioned
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
1 (8 ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed
Arrange grapefruit sections in graham cracker crust. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add water and cook over medium heat until thick and clear. Add gelatin and stir to dissolve. Let cool slightly. Pour gelatin over grapefruit sections in crust. Refrigerate until firm.
Top with whipped topping.
More Than a Café
After lunch you can explore all that Lang Sun Country Groves has to offer. Want to bring some fresh Florida citrus home with you? Lang’s offers fruit shipping. You can also visit their retail gift shop which has been described as “old Florida style” with southern charm expressed on the walls in the form of large decorative murals of Florida crops. The shop is stocked with jams, fresh juice (150 gallons squeezed daily), jellies, wine, food-items and many gifts you would not find at a typical roadside souvenir shop.
When you visit Taste of Florida Café you are getting more than just a meal, you get a true old fashioned Florida experience. The Lang family prides themselves on customer satisfaction and only using fresh Florida ingredients. Lang’s has continued to keep to their roots of family traditions, set generations ago, and remain one of the few Old Florida Grove stores and restaurants still in operation.