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17 May, 2018

Classic Chess Pie

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Classic Chess Pie

You can’t get more basic than classic Southern chess pie. This old-fashioned pie typically has two distinctive ingredients, cornmeal and vinegar, plus other on-hand ingredients such as sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla. This version is made easy with the use of refrigerated piecrusts. Ever wonder where the name “Chess Pie” came from? The topic is subject to much folklore. One theory is that the original Chess Pie contained cheese, but over the years, cheese disappeared from the recipe. The word “chess,” remained as the name. But our favorite explanation is straight from a storybook: a cook was asked what she was baking that smelled so great. “Jes’ pie” was her answer.

 

How to Make It

Step 1

Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pieplate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.

Step 2

Line pastry with aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans.

Step 3

Bake at 425° for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove weights and foil; bake 2 more minutes or until golden. Cool.

Step 4

Stir together sugar and next 7 ingredients until blended. Add eggs, stirring well. Pour into piecrust.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, garnish with powdered sugar.

Step 6

Coconut Chess Pie: Prepare filling as directed above; stir in 1 cup toasted flaked coconut before pouring into piecrust. Bake as directed above.

 




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