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The Lemon Chess Pie Is A Delicious Southern Classic.
The Lemon Chess Pie Is A Delicious Southern Classic.

Lemon Chess Pie Recipe

Chess Pie is the classic Southern pastry, rich, sweet, and intense. The name is a corruption of cheese, for in the British culinary tradition eggs and cheese share the same terminology. A chess pie is very similar to a old style British cheese cake.

This recipe is so simple that anyone should be able to make this wonderful tasting pie. And the buttermilk and cornmeal makes this pie distinctly southern. Many southern cooks insist it is not chess pie at all with out the cornmeal.

The classic chess pie is flavored with vanilla or nutmeg but the lemon chess pie is of course flavored with lemon and this pie is one of my all time favorite recipes.

Lemon Chess Pie Ingredients

1. Four Large Eggs.

2. One And One Third Cups Of White Granulated Sugar.

3. A Pinch of Salt.

4. Four Tablespoons Buttermilk.

5. Two Tablespoons Cornmeal.

6. One Half Cup Melted Butter.

7. Zest Of One Lemon.

8. Three Tablespoons Lemon Juice.

9. A Pinch Of Nutmeg.

10. One Nine Inch Pie Crust. ( Watch The Video Above )

Beat the eggs lightly, beat in the sugar. Stir in the salt, buttermilk, cornmeal and the melted butter until smooth. Flavor with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and the pinch of nutmeg.

Pour into the pie shell. Place in a heated 450 degree oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until the pie is set but not puffed up.

Let your pie cool to room temperature before you slice it up into pieces.

My Grandma made this pie for many years and I've changed it only slightly over the years. In case you don't know a pinch is what spice or salt you can pinch between your thumb and finger. Yes just a little bit.

In case your wondering by the time you get this pie made your not going to even know that the corn meal is in the pie. But it really does add to the consistency of the pie.

In case you don't know you make lemon zest by grating the outer skin off of a lemon. You can use the juice out of the same lemon you make your zest out of.

My Mom Virginia Walker always made about a dozen of these pies and served them to her guests and family from Thanksgiving through Christmas. I stared making this pie at restaurants where I worked as a Chef in the late 1970's and I would have to say I've made a million or more of these delicious pies and people always love them. You can if you wish serve a tablespoon of whipped topping on top of each piece of pie and people love it that way.

The Chocolate Chess Pie is a variation of a chess pie and it is so delicious.
The Chocolate Chess Pie is a variation of a chess pie and it is so delicious.

Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Chocolate Chess Pie is a variation on the basic Chess Pie with one or two slight changes. Most notably it has no cornmeal. And while it isn't made as often as chess pie or lemon chess pie it is very widely known and I remember eating it all the time when I was a young boy. I would beg and beg my Grandmother Hattie to make this pie and I was so happy when my Grandmother found out it was the favorite pie of our newly arrived Priest when I was about 10. From then on we had the pie almost every fourth Sunday when it was time for Father Charlie to come for Sunday dinner.

When I later made this pie at restaurants I worked at as a Chef this was always the first pie to sell out. Try serving this pie with a tablespoon of cold sour cream on top of each slice of the pie. The flavor of the chocolate chess pie and the sour cream just go together perfectly. This is how the pie was served in Charleston South Carolina way back in the late 1600's through the mid 1700's. Believe it or not but this was the favorite pie of Edward Teach who you probably know better by his pirate name Blackbeard. He would send a ship south from Ocracoke Island in the outer banks of North Carolina to Charleston to bring him back one or two of these delicious pies.

Chocolate Chess Pie Ingredients And Instructions

You'll need a double boiler to make this pie. This is one pot setting inside another pot that contains water. The boiling water in the lower pot heats the ingredients in the upper pot.

1. Two Ounces Unsweetened Chocolate.

2. One Half Cup Of Butter.

3. Four Large Eggs.

4. One And One Fourth Cup Of Sugar.

5. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

6. Two Tablespoons All Purpose Flour.

7. Two Tablespoons Heavy Cream.

8. One And One Half Teaspoons Vanilla.

9. One Tablespoon Dark Rum.

10. One Partially Baked 9 Inch Pie Shell. ( See The Above Video )

You will want to melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Beat your eggs lightly. Toss the sugar, salt, and flour together and stir in the eggs. Add the cream and the melted butter and chocolate. Flavor with the vanilla and the rum.

Pour into the partially baked pie shell and bake in an oven preheated to 325 degrees for about 35 minutes until the pie is set in the middle and has a slightly crusty top with out any excess puffing.

Be sure that you let your pie cool to room temperature before you slice your pie into slices. This pie is delicious with a tablespoon of sour cream on the pie slice when it is served. This flavor combination is just wonderful. I often served this pie with the tablespoon of sour cream on top with chocolate syrup drizzled over the top of the sour cream and pie.

Brown Sugar Pie  has been made in the American south for at least three hundred years.
Brown Sugar Pie has been made in the American south for at least three hundred years.

Brown Sugar Pie Recipe

The Brown Sugar pie has been made in the American south for at least three hundred years or more. The pie has also been made for hundreds of years on the island of Jamaica.

Brown Sugar Pie Ingredients And Instructions

1. One Half Cup Of Butter.

2. One And One Fourth Cup Of Light Brown Sugar.

3. Three Large Eggs Beaten.

4. One Cup Of Buttermilk.

5. One Pinch Of Nutmeg.

6. Grated Lemon Zest.

7. One Partially Baked 9 Inch Pie Shell. ( See Video Above )

Cream the butter, add the sugar, and beat well. Combine the eggs, buttermilk, and seasonings and stir in the butter. Be careful not to overwork.

Pour into the partially baked pie shell and bake in an oven preheated to 325 degrees for about a hour or until the pie is well set.

Quite often I have heated chocolate syrup and served the pie drizzled with the hot chocolate syrup. You'll find that if you serve the pie this way it will be one of the best pies you'll ever eat. Yes it really is that good. Back when I was a boy we always had this pie for Christmas dinner.

Why not make this pie and see what your family thinks of it. Or make it and take it to your next family dinner. I promise you it will be a big hit especially if you will serve it drizzled with the hot chocolate syrup.

Partially Baked Pie Crust

When a recipe calls for a partially baked pie crust what you should do is bake your prepared pie crust for about 10-12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven before you use the pie crust in your recipe. Just be sure that you don't over cook your pie crust as it will be cooking more when your baking your pie.

Pecan Pie is one of if not the most popular pie in the American south. To me it's the best pie ever.
Pecan Pie is one of if not the most popular pie in the American south. To me it's the best pie ever.

Old Fashioned Pecan Pie Recipe

The pecan pie is the most popular pie in the American south and it has been made in the American south for hundreds of years. The Pecan Pie is now also being made and served in Southeast Asia and in some parts of Europe.

In the American south a lot of people seem to think that the reason we grow pecans is so we can make pecan pies. Pecans and brown sugar are the main ingredients in a pecan pie. You'll need a partially baked pie shell to make your pecan pie with.

Ingredients And Instructions For Making Your Pecan Pie.

1. One Partially Baked 9 Inch Pie Shell.

2. Five Tablespoons Butter.

3. One Cup Light Brown Sugar.

4. One Half Cup White Sugar.

5. Two Tablespoons All Purpose Flour.

6. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

7. Four Large Eggs.

8. One And One Fourth Cups Pecan Half's.

9. One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

10. One Tablespoon Dark Rum.

You want to start by beating your butter until light and fluffy and add the sugars slowly while you beat the mixture with a hand mixer. Beat your eggs slightly until just beaten in a seperate bowl and then pour them into and mix them into the mixture.

Add the pecan half's, vanilla and the dark rum. Now once you have all the ingredients mixed into the bowl you will want to pour the mixture into the partially baked pie crust. Put the pecan pie into a preheated 450 degree oven and immediately reduce the heat to 325 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes until the pie is set in the center.

I know you'll find recipes for pecan pies made with Karo Syrup but that is a new way of making a pecan pie. The recipe above is the old south way of making a pecan pie. In the old American south there was no Karo Syrup.

The pie made by the recipe above will have a much better flavor than one made the new modern way with Karo Syrup. Try it by the above recipe and I bet you'll never make one with Karo Syrup again.

I know I've been making this pie this way for over forty years and my Grandma and Mother made it for many years before that. And if you'll follow the recipe exactly your pecan pie will turn out perfect every time. And I bet you that people will notice the difference in the taste. Try it and see what you think.

Thanks For Reading My Hub Page On, " The Best Pies Of The South ". I hope these pies are in your future real soon. If you have questions or comments feel free to post them in the comments section below.

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platinumOwl4 3 years ago

The lemon chess pie sounds delicious, a must try in my book thanks for sharing.


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mvillecat 3 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

From a southerner...that is a great list. I am going to have to try the brown sugar pie. Never heard of that one but sounds great.

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