Saturday, September 21, 2013

Chess Pie. Oh My

I don't even want to cut it, it's so pretty. Butter, sugar, eggs, flour, corn meal, vinegar, salt, vanilla.
Essence of dessert.
Sweet, sweet sin.


  1. So you made it after all. So, why do they call it chess pie?

  2. Let me know when you do cut it - I'll be right over.

  3. I could use one of those about now. Looks divine.

  4. It does look good -- it seems similar to a pie I used to make when I lived in Tennessee where everything went into a blender and it came out of the oven sort of like a custard?

  5. I remember those pies--my mother would make them. Great tasting and like a custard in a way. I believe that she made lemon chess pies.

  6. Ellen Abbott- There's a link to a Southern Living magazine article if you click on the words Chess Pie in the former post. They're not sure why it's called "chess".

    Jill- Man. It was so good. Still is.

    Ms. Fleur- Very pie-y.

    Elizabeth- Chess pie is not mixed in a blender but must be done by hand, just until the ingredients are incorporated together. Yes. It's a little custardy but not creamy.

    Syd- I wanted to make lemon but only had one lemon so it was just vanilla. But it was still good. Lemon is the best, I think.

  7. Oh! It's perfect. I cannot resist.s

  8. Google is my friend. LOL

    "The origin of the name, Chess Pie, is uncertain, but there are plenty of guesses and a bit of folklore surrounding the name. The most probable explanation is that since the English lemon curd pie filling is very close to lemon chess pie, and they believe the word “chess” is an Americanization of the English word “cheese,” referring to curd pie. Basically the Chess Pie is a cheese-less cheesecake.

    Some folklore:

    One explanation suggests that the word is “chest,” pronounced with a drawl and used to describe these pies baked with so much sugar they could be stored in a pie chest rather than refrigerated.

    Another story is about the plantation cook who was asked what she was baking that smelled so great - “Jes’ pie” was her answer. "


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