Chess Pie Recipe
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Chess Pie is an old-fashioned classic Southern pie that stands the test of time. And with good reason.
Chess Pie makes an appearance every year at our family reunion in Georgia. Regardless of how stuffed I am, there always seems to be more room for a piece of this pie. It’s an old-fashioned favorite that never wears out it’s welcome.
I find some of the best recipes are the more simple ones, and this Chess Pie is no exception. While it may start with humble ingredients the results are far from it. Chess Pie is a sweet custard pie with just a bit of cornmeal added. This pie lends itself well to variations, but this version is simple with a hint of nutmeg. It really needs no other adornment or extra toppings. It’s good just as it is.
How to Make Chess Pie
This classic pie is super easy to prepare. Begin by preheating the oven to 325-degrees F. Next make the pie filling. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, granulated sugar, cornmeal, vanilla extract, milk, melted butter and ground nutmeg until smooth (see recipe below for amounts). Pour the pie filling into an unbaked prepared 9-inch pie shell. Bake at 350-degrees F for until done, about 50 minutes. Carefully transfer to a wire rack to allow to cool before serving. So easy!
Even though this pie may be overshadowed on the dessert table by fancier pies, large decadent layered cakes, and dainty cookies, a Chess Pie will always be one of my favorites. It’s certainly worth saving room for a piece of this.
Chess Pie Recipe
A simple pie that won't go unnoticed.
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 (9 inch) pie shell, unbaked
- Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
- In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 325-degrees F for 50 minutes.
- Let cool on wire rack, if you can wait that long.
The only thing I added was a little lemon extract. Other than that, it’s so wonderful.
Love this pie! We make it all the time at our house ❤️. My husband swears it’s the best recipe I have ever found online! We have added coco and a touch of esspresso to make it chocolate and I am currently trying a recipe where the milk is flavored with fruit loops. The beautiful simplicity of the pie and its ability to be tweaked and adapted makes it so wonderful! Thank you for sharing ❤️
Please help me know what I did wrong. I was so hoping for my grandmother’s chess pie. The filling was barely thicker than the crust. Can’t figure it out.