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Old 01-18-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Lemon Chess Pie

This traditional Southern dessert is truly as easy as pie and it's really, really good:

LEMON CHESS PIE

Note Have all ingredients at room temperature.

4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the eggs a large mixing bowl, and whisk briefly to blend.

Whisk in the following, one at a time, blending until each
ingredient has been incorporated before adding the next:
sugar
cornmeal
flour
salt
melted butter
buttermilk
lemon juice
lemon zest
vanilla
Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust, and bake in
the middle of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes,
until the pie is golden brown on top and almost set.
The center of the pie should remain slightly loose; it will
set as it cools. Remove to a cooling rack, and cool
completely before serving.

Serve at room temperature with lightly sweetened
whipped cream.



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Old 01-18-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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This traditional Southern dessert is truly as easy as pie and it's really, really good:

LEMON CHESS PIE

Note Have all ingredients at room temperature.

4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the eggs a large mixing bowl, and whisk briefly to blend.

Whisk in the following, one at a time, blending until each
ingredient has been incorporated before adding the next:
sugar
cornmeal
flour
salt
melted butter
buttermilk
lemon juice
lemon zest
vanilla
Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust, and bake in
the middle of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes,
until the pie is golden brown on top and almost set.
The center of the pie should remain slightly loose; it will
set as it cools. Remove to a cooling rack, and cool
completely before serving.

Serve at room temperature with lightly sweetened
whipped cream.



born and in tennessee through teen age, i love chess pie, and lemon is one of my favorites. you bet! i will make this, thanks
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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Wow, beautiful, Scotch!

I have heard a lot about chess pie, but have never tried one. This version will be my first!

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Old 01-18-2009, 05:21 PM   #4
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And I have another version from my Tennessee grandmother:
1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together sugar, butter, vinegar, eggs and vanilla. Don't overmix. Pour into pie shell, bake in 375 degree oven until golden brown. It will still shimmy in the middle. Let cool, serve warm or cold.

This is the easiest version of many, many good chess pies. You may also want to add a cup of chopped pecans before you bake it.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:18 PM   #5
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I made this pie this weekend and it turned out great. The family just loved it.
Thank you for sharing.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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COOL! This recipe looks awesome Scotch. I didn't see it when you first posted it so I'm glad it got bumped. This is on my "try it out" list.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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And I have another version from my Tennessee grandmother:
1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together sugar, butter, vinegar, eggs and vanilla. Don't overmix. Pour into pie shell, bake in 375 degree oven until golden brown. It will still shimmy in the middle. Let cool, serve warm or cold.

This is the easiest version of many, many good chess pies. You may also want to add a cup of chopped pecans before you bake it.
From what I've read, most people call that a Vinegar Pie, which is very closely related to Chess Pie. I'll have to give it a try!
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I made this pie this weekend and it turned out great. The family just loved it.
Thank you for sharing.
Glad you liked it -- but who wouldn't? (I didn't create the recipe, so I can say that.) I love that it's so easy and quick.
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Yummy!! that pie looks delicious.
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Wow i have to try this
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