|Place of origin||England|
|Main ingredients||Pie crust, eggs, butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, corn meal|
|Variations||Lemon chess pie, vinegar pie|
|Cookbook: Chess pie Media: Chess pie|
The origin of the name chess pie is unknown, but many theories and folklore have been proposed. The term may have come from the term "pie chest", which chess pies could be stored in with their high sugar content. Another guess is that it came from a pronunciation of "cheese pie", because the recipes of lemon chess pie and English lemon curd (cheese) are similar. Alternatively, it could have come from a pronunciation of "It's jes' pie" (It's just pie). Another proposal is that the pie was eaten in a room set to play chess in.
Recipes vary, but all the variations call for the preparation of a single crust and a filling composed of eggs, butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla. What sets chess pie apart from many other custard pies is the addition of cornmeal. Some recipes also call for corn syrup, which tends to create a thicker consistency.
In addition to standard chess pie, other flavor variations include lemon, coconut and chocolate chess pie.
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