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Chess Pie

chess pie Dessert Southern
Chess Pie
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

Remarkably simple and unforgettably delicious, Chess Pie is a Southern staple for good reason. MORE+ LESS-

Stephanie Wise
August 20, 2018

Ingredients

1
refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
2
cups granulated sugar
2
tablespoons fine-ground yellow cornmeal
1
tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4
cup whole milk
1
tablespoon white vinegar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
4
eggs
Powdered sugar, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425° F.
  • 2
    Unroll pie crust in ungreased 9-inch pie plate; press firmly against side and bottom. Fold over excess dough along edges, and pinch to seal; flute edges or press down with fork.
  • 3
    Place sheet of cooking parchment paper on top of pie crust; fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake crust 5 minutes, then remove parchment paper and beans. Bake another 2 to 3 minutes or until crust is just set and golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir granulated sugar, cornmeal, flour, salt, melted butter, milk, vinegar and vanilla until well combined. In small bowl, beat eggs slightly, then add to sugar mixture; stir until well combined.
  • 5
    Pour filling into pie crust. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until filling is set and top of pie is deep golden brown. If crust edges brown too quickly during baking, cover edges with foil.
  • 6
    Cool pie about 1 hour or until completely cooled on cooling rack before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Add a teaspoon of grated orange or lemon peel to pie filling, or swap whole milk for buttermilk for a unique flavor variation.
  • Pie can be served at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
21%
Saturated Fat
7g
36%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
44g
15%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
34g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Chess pie is a cousin of custard pie. There are only a few key differences separating the two. Chess pie generally has cornmeal in the custard filling, which helps the custard set quicker and adds a rich, yellow color. The other key factor that separates chess pie from custard pie is that chess pie includes more sugar. So much more sugar that when first developed, more than a century ago, the sugar worked as a preservative allowing this pie to be stored in a kitchen cabinet or chest — thus the name chess pie was born. While we don’t recommend storing this pie in a cabinet, we do recommend serving yourself and everyone else a healthy slice of this decadent Southern pie. And if your sweet tooth persists, check out the rest of Betty’s pie recipes. Feeling like you want to make your pie extra special? Why not make your own crust? Betty’s made it easy with this simple article all about how to make pie crust.

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