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AndreaB
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Chess Pie...... - Sun, 04/3/05 3:03 PM
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I've cut way back on sweets and haven't had Chess Pie in a loooonnnnnnnggggggggg time? Who makes the best? The best I remember is a slice from a mom and pop place returning home from a restaurant in Florida.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 04/3/05 9:01 PM
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Hey Andrea,

Are you talkin' about lemon chess pie; or, .. chess pie?

Frank


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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 04/10/05 9:52 AM
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Not lemon chess pie --- the plain ole' richer than anything chess pie!

Andrea

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 04/10/05 10:13 AM
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My mom used to make a pie called Jefferson Chess Pie. It seemed to be somewhere between a sugar cream pie and a pecan pie. It was really rich and very good.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 04/10/05 11:17 AM
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My wife and i bith never really discovered chess pie until we moved here to Oklahoma----but we know it NOW!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 04/13/05 11:09 PM
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sylvan park cafe in nashville,i love me some chess pie!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Thu, 04/14/05 11:12 AM
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Originally posted by pogophiles

Chess pie is easy, just make your own...and while their chess is good, I much prefer the chocolate pie at Sylvan Park!


Pogo: Since it is so easy, please instruct us how you do it.

Thanks

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Thu, 04/14/05 12:01 PM
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Yeah! Who is going to post a good recipe for us!?

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Thu, 04/14/05 12:36 PM
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I found this one in a great local cookbook---works just fine!!
Chess Pie

Recipe From :Southern Sideboards by the Junior League of Jackson, MS

Serving Size : 8

* 1 9 inch pie crust -- unbaked
* 1/2 cup butter or margarine -- melted
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 3 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* pinch salt
* 3/4 tablespoon vinegar




Prepare unbaked pie shell. Mix butter and sugar and simmer slowly, stirring, for 5 minutes. remove from heat and let cool slightly, stirring constantly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla, salt and vinegar; mix well.
Pour filling into pie shell and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes. Shake pie gently. It is done when the center quivers slightly. Do not try to double recipe.
Pie keeps well in the refrigerator overnight. Can freeze and reheat.

Its worked really well for me---like i said before--Janie and I both discovered this marvel when we moved here to Oklahoma and LOVE IT!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Thu, 04/14/05 1:13 PM
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I had a slice of great chess pie at a rib place in Cincinnati called June Bug's.

http://roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6552

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Thu, 04/14/05 5:30 PM
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Pogophiles---think i will give that a try---and stick yours recipe in my "Roadfood Gatherings" cookbook!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 04/19/05 10:19 AM
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OMG! I LOVE the Lemon Chess Pie at Beadle's Cafeteria in Pasadena. I just don't live close enough (luckily) to have it more than maybe once a year.

They put a walnut/sugar type topping on theirs that I haven't been able to duplicate.

DELICIOUS!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 10/26/05 9:06 AM
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"breece's",in downtown centerville tn.,located on the square.originally a former pie wagon dating back to the 1930's,still family owned and operated serving incredible meat and three and some of the best chess pies i've had in a long while!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sat, 02/18/06 9:59 AM
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chess pie is my favorite pie of all time.when i was a kid, my family always bought them at the pink pig in frankfort ky. they are a bar-b-que place that makes homemade pies. the pies are as good as the bbq. i have made a few, and love makig and eating them, lol!! i just made a chocolate chess pie the other night, and my wife ate almost every bit of it, and she doesn't eat sweets that much!! have you guys ever tried chocolate chess pie?? brad

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sat, 03/2/13 7:32 PM
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Hey, I always thought Scotty's Pink Pig chess pie was the all time best (used to live in Frankfort).  In your post you said your mother made chess pie.  Do you happen to have her recipe?  If so, would you share it?  I would sure be forever grateful.  Thank you, JC

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sat, 03/2/13 10:14 PM
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I haven't had chess pie...ever.


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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sat, 03/2/13 10:21 PM
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Neither have I, and from the looks of the recipe it's going to stay that way.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 03/3/13 3:02 AM
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Here's Paula Deen's Momma's Recipe:
Mama’s Chess Pie
 Ingredients
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 to 6 tablespoons ice water
Filling:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
7 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cornmeal
 Directions
Crust:
Cut butter into dry ingredients. Slowly add ice water. Knead dough and roll out on dough board, or press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.
Filling:
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar; add egg yolks, vanilla, and cream. Gently blend in cornmeal. Pour into chess pie pastry. Bake until light brown on top, about 35 to 45 minutes.
Recipe Courtesy of Paula Deen
 

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 03/3/13 9:33 PM
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Wonderful stuff.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Mon, 03/4/13 3:36 AM
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I had my first chess pie at a little gas station in Raleigh, NC. It was made by the owners wife and they sold it by the slice. Wonderful!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Mon, 03/4/13 7:08 AM
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Southern Chess pie is very sweet and very rich and folks tend to eat a small slice at one sitting. I can't imagine consuming a regular slice of that Paula Deen recipe.
 
For a slightly "lighter" pie:
 
Chocolate Chess Pie
1 9" unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 TB cocoa powder
1 small can evaporated milk
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
Mix all ingredients in a blender or a mixer. Put into unbaked pie shell, and bake at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes or until set.
 
Lemon Chess Pie
1 9" unbaked pie shell
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TB cornmeal
juice of one lemon and the rind, grated
1/2 t. vanilla
Mix in a blender or with an electric mixer as each ingredient is added. Pour into a 9" unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes or until set and dark golden brown. Bake on shelf in middle or just below middle of oven.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Mon, 03/4/13 8:49 AM
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Until I was introduced to the fact that it's a regional dish by the Sterns' books 20 years ago, I thought chess pie could be found throughout the United States.  (I like to say that chess pie grows on trees around here; it is rare to find a restaurant that does not serve it.)  I was surprised to learn that it was more of a southern dessert that was rarely found north of Kentucky.
 
As to who has the best, I can't say.  They all taste the same to me.  But a pie expert like Buffetbuster can discern the differences.  A few years ago, when making his year end "best" choices, he thought the chess pie at the Bon Ton Mini Mart in Henderson, KY was the maybe the best pie he ate that year.  That was a surprise to me; to my way of thinking, it was just another chess pie.
 
(And my thoughts about pecan pie are the same.  It's everywhere around here!  Maybe I'm just spoiled and don't know it.)
 
<message edited by Louis on Mon, 03/4/13 8:50 AM>

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Mon, 03/4/13 10:05 AM
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Louis


Until I was introduced to the fact that it's a regional dish by the Sterns' books 20 years ago, I thought chess pie could be found throughout the United States

It's funny how people think. Growing up on Long Island, I used to think the same way about Matzoh Ball Soup and Kasha Knishes.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Mon, 03/4/13 9:13 PM
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Dale,  I have a vague memory of sampling matzoh ball soup.  Don't ask me exactly where, but it may have been at the University of Evansville (Indiana) in a cafeteria on campus that was not frequented by the student body.  I was introduced to all kinds of foods there.  This was close to 35 years ago but gazpacho soup and assorted French soups stick out in my mind.   I've never tried Kasha Knishes; so that's something to look forward to.
 
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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 03/5/13 2:29 PM
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The first time I ate a chess pie was in an employees cafeteria in the late 70's and it was delicious.  They would alternate a cheese chess pie which was the same filling but had what was probably slices of cheddar in a thin layer on top.
 
What I had reminds me a lot of a custard pie, I can't think  Paula Dean's use of 2 cups of flour and heavy cream can be the same thing.
  

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 03/5/13 6:39 PM
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You all inspired me, so I made this chess pie today:


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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 03/5/13 6:44 PM
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Now I've seen chess pie. Progress.

Pretty pie...pretty plate!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 03/5/13 8:21 PM
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It's a work of art - beautiful!

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 03/5/13 11:37 PM
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Thanks!!  These plates were our "Sunday" china growing up, and my mom passed all of it on to me when they got a microwave and didn't want plates that couldn't go in it.  Yay!
 
This pie is tasty.  I'd made lemon chess several times but never plain chess.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 03/6/13 7:00 AM
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Now that's real chess pie! Lovely photo all around!
 
On second glance, maybe Mama's Chess Pie was for two pies? The crust recipe would definitely make two shallow 9" pie crusts. Perhaps the note that the recipe makes 2 pies was left off?

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 03/6/13 8:30 AM
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Louis

As to who has the best, I can't say.  They all taste the same to me.  But a pie expert like Buffetbuster can discern the differences.  A few years ago, when making his year end "best" choices, he thought the chess pie at the Bon Ton Mini Mart in Henderson, KY was the maybe the best pie he ate that year.  That was a surprise to me; to my way of thinking, it was just another chess pie.

Thanks LouisBon Ton Mini Mart does indeed make an excellent chess pie, right there with Sylvan Park in Nashville for the best Ihave ever had.  I will dig around and see if I can find a couple photos of these versions. 


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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 03/6/13 8:32 AM
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love2bake-
That is a gorgeous slice of pie!  Which do you like better, your lemon chess or plain chess pie?

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Wed, 03/6/13 9:21 AM
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Thank you!  And that's a tough question.  I'd probably lean toward the lemon, but this plain one is a delicious, mellow pie, and I had all the ingredients on hand--very easy to put together on a whim.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Fri, 08/9/13 2:34 AM
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This cheese pie looks very beautiful and i am sure it will be very yummyyyy too. Please I request you to post the recipe.
 

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Fri, 08/9/13 3:05 AM
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love2bake, that pie looks sooo right!!  Love the presentation too.  Mine usually end up beign staged on the "Deputy Dawg" cartoon plates my mom still has from when I was a wee lad in short pants!!  I've made a lemon chess before from a recipe that CajunKing shared with me.  I made it for a pie contest in NYC and they didn't know what it was supposed to be.  None of the judges had ever heard of it before.  They kept asking me to repeat the name.  "Chest pie?  Cheese pie?" 
 
I also tried one at a restaurant in my hometown that was listed as cheese pie on the dessert menu.  Great homemade pies there and this one sure tasted like chess pie but I think the person making the daily pie board thought that they surely must have meant "cheese pie"!
 
I am wondering and perhaps between you, Buffetbuster, CajunKing and The Mayor, you can explain to me the difference between chess pie/sugar cream pie/buttermilk pie.  I've always had this idea that they show up and get drunk at the same family reunion together as they seem so closely related to one another. 

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Fri, 08/9/13 4:11 PM
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BillyBoy - Yes they could be drunk cousins
 
Chess Pie usually has cornmeal added to the "custard" mix which then floats to the top and creates a wafer thin "crust"
 
Buttermilk Pies have then slight bite of the butter milk, and usually very mild flavor
 
Sugar Cream Pie  is made with plain cream and usually nutmeg
 
 

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Fri, 08/9/13 7:41 PM
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Based on what I've either read or observed, I think Cajun pretty much nailed it!   

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Sun, 08/11/13 4:11 PM
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Another of the drunken cousins would be the vinegar pie.
Which is another southern staple.
 
Vinegar pies were made when lemon juice was not available.
 
All four of these pies are delicious and easy to make.

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RE: Chess Pie...... - Tue, 08/13/13 9:33 PM
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CajunKing


Another of the drunken cousins would be the vinegar pie.
Which is another southern staple.

Vinegar pies were made when lemon juice was not available.

All four of these pies are delicious and easy to make.

Ha!  I never thought about that about vinegar pies.  Very cool, Cajun.    My grandma made vinegar pie, and I have the recipe but haven't gotten the nerve to try it.  Guess I should...