Chess pie

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Chess pie
Chess pie.jpg
A vanilla buttermilk chess pie
Type Pie
Place of origin England
Main ingredients Pie crust, eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, corn meal
Variations Lemon chess pie, vinegar pie
Cookbook: Chess pie  Media: Chess pie

Chess pie is a dessert characteristic of Southern U.S. cuisine.


According to James Beard's American Cookery (1972), chess pie was brought from England originally and was found in New England as well as Virginia. The origin of the name chess pie may have come from the term "pie chest", another name for a pie safe.[1]


Recipes vary, but are generally similar in that they call for the preparation of a single crust and a filling composed of eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown 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 more gelatinous consistency. The pie is then baked. The finished product is often consumed with coffee.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Chess Pie Recipes: Taste of the South". Southern Living. Retrieved 2013-05-13.