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Old 08-14-2009, 06:39 PM   #11
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Scotch, I'm going to have to try yours!!! And I've already saved it into my recipe collection. Thanks!

I too have another version - This is old west cooking, Pre-Civil War stuff, adjusted to modern oven baking and greatly simplified from your recipe:

Chess Pie

2 Cups sugar
1 Tbls. Flour
1/2 Lb. Butter
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla (or 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
6 Eggs

Mix 2 cups sugar and 1 heaping tbls. flour together, and add 1/2 lb. of softened butter. Blend until light and fluffy. Add 6 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla plus grated lemon peel. Place in unbaked pie crust and bake at 300 degrees until knife comes out clean... about an hour.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #12
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Copied and saved. Thanks, Scotch.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:40 PM   #13
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I made this pie this afternoon and just had a slice with whipped cream.

It's delicious! The filling is buttery, tart and smooth as silk.

Rather than measure the zest into a tablespoon as indicated, I just zested the two lemons I needed for the 1/3 cup of juice.

I recommend this recipe to anyone who likes lemon desserts.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:37 PM   #14
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Glad you liked it! And you're right -- you can't have too much zest.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:55 AM   #15
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Uhm, why is it called Chess pie? I was expecting a checkerboard design on the pie at the very least but was disappointed to see a common looking pie. :-)
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:22 PM   #16
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It's a mystery lost in the fog of time. There are several theories, however:

1. "Chess" is a mispronunciation of "cheese," as the pie sort of resembles the kind of cheese pies popular in centuries past.

2. "Chess" is a mispronunciation of "chest" as the pies were stored in a special cabinet called a "pie chest."

3. "Chess" is a mispronunciation of the term "jes' pie," reflecting it's simple roots -- that is, it's "just pie."

Take your pick. It's good no matter what you call it.

BTW, here's an interesting article on the subject from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_pie
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:23 PM   #17
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It also makes a delicious breakfast!
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:44 PM   #18
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Scotch, 'chess' wanna thank you for the link. ;-) That was interesting. Kinda made me think back to another strange-sounding down-homey American dessert called shoo-fly pie I encountered in Lancaster, PA a few years back. :-)
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #19
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Sugar Pie is in the same family, I believe.
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