Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chess Pie and the Power of Suggestion

Last week I was floofin' around on the Etsy forums and there was a thread about Chess Pie posted by Gemmafactrix. Chess Pie? I hadn't thought about that in years. It's been a long time since I had a piece and from what I remember, I never really liked it. So, why couldn't I stop thinking about it?

The other day it rained and I had a little time to spare. I got out the Russell Family cookbook. It's a cookbook filled with recipes from John's mother's family. In it was a recipe for Chess Pie that must be over 50 years old. Vintage Pie!

Here ya go: This makes a 9" pie.
The crust:
1 1/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 stick butter or 1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup ice water- or enough to hold the dough together.
Mix, roll out, slap it in the pie pan and set in frig while mixing up the filling.

The filling:
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon vinegar
5 Tablespoons milk
Mix together and pour into unbaked pie crust and bake 45 minutes at 350*.

Turns out that I like Chess Pie after all. Yo........Gemama- Open Wide.....

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Until next time.....


LoveGemma said...


Chess pie!


Great photo, and I can almost taste the pie from here.

msbelle said...

Oh, how I love chess pie. It's one of my all-time favorites. It's always reminded me of pecan pie without the pecans! And what a beautiful photo of your pie! *droolin'*

Steph said...

I don't think I have ever had chess pie.

"vintage pie" - yay!

Rosehip said...

It looks delicious - but "Chess" pie - why is it called that?!


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