The Best Chess Pie Recipe

An Old-Fashioned Southern Pie

There are probably as many chess pie recipes as there are people who bake chess pies. I studied many recipes before formulating this version, and I really do think it's the best. Look at that texture!

Simple ingredients yield a complex flavor, bright from vinegar and buttermilk, and mellow with vanilla.

Rich butter and nuanced sweetness from brown sugar lend their superpowers. The real star is the fine cornmeal. It helps make the pie beautifully sliceable and adds subtle texture.

Like all desperation pies--pies made with pantry staples where there's no fresh fruit around--chess pie is very easy to put together.

All you need is a bowl and a whisk. Whisk butter into the dry ingredients, followed by a good whisking of the buttermilk mixture and finally, the eggs.

You may need to tent your pie with foil during the last 20 minutes or so of baking. My foil pulled off some of the top of the pie, so remove the foil carefully!

Even if you do snag some of the top off the pie, it's not the end of the world. That's what whipped cream is for!

For the complete recipe, please click below. For more desperation pie recipes, you can check out the next slide. Thanks so much for your interest, and I hope you enjoy the pie!

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