Catfish Hotel’s Lemon Rub Pie
When the Delta Queen steamboat traveled up the Tennessee River, the ship’s chef would call one day before the boat docked at the Shiloh battlefield and order 25 Lemon Rub Pies to go. The cooks would squeeze lemons and bake through the night to insure the pies were ready when the boat landed.
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon self rising flour
1 tablespoon self rising corn meal
1/4 cup melted butter (measure after melted)
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine sugar, flour and corn meal. Add eggs, melted butter, milk, lemon rind and lemon juice. Beat until blended. Pour into unbaked shell. Bake 35 – 40 minutes until top is golden brown.
Hagy’s Catfish Hotel has been serving fish on the banks of the Tennessee River since the early 1930’s at the site next to Shiloh Battlefield where the Hagy family landed and laid claim to several acres of bottom land in 1825.
MamMaw Hagy added this dessert to the menu in the late 1930’s. Prepared using only the freshest ingredients, this sweet and tangy pie is the perfect ending to a hearty Southern style catfish dinner.
April 2012 marked the sesquisential celebration of the Battle of Shiloh. Re-enactors from around the world gathered for the re-enactment of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. It amazes me that 150 years later so many come back to this hallowed battlefield. The Cherry Mansion on the banks of the Tennessee River in Savannah TN, just a few miles away, which was the headquarters for General Grant still stands and is open on certain days for tours. The piano the Cherry women played as they sang to entertainer the Yankee general remains in the parlor. With respect for the Confederate sided Cherry women, the General always removed his uniform jacket when dining or spending time with them. An amazing story of life a few generations ago.The Catfish Hotel
1140 Hagy Lane Shiloh, TN 38376
Shiloh National Military Park
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road
Shiloh, Tennessee 38376
Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center