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Beth's Chess Pie Recipe

Beth's Chess Pie

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"This is a very old recipe that I got from a friend. This version of the classic sweet, rich Chess Pie includes evaporated milk and crunchy cornmeal."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch pie Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in milk until mixture is smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Mix in cornmeal, then pour mixture into pastry shell.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until set in center.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 1 hr
  • READY IN 1 hr 10 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 27, 2004

I was a little nervous when making this pie because I never seen or heard of it before, but the ingredients are what peaked my curiousity & of course my Grandmother's confirmation that it's old favorite. Well it was truly delicious. I made 2 for Thanksgiving. Instead of using all Vanilla Extract, I added 1/2 Tblspn. of Vanilla Extract & 1/2 Tblspn. Lemon Extract. Next time I won't preheat the oven too long, there was too much spilling over & I'll use a deep dish pie crust. This is a keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 16, 2003

This was definitely an easy recipe to prepare. However, I found that the top gets too brown when you cook it for an hour. I would suggest covering the top with aluminum foil to prevent this. I had hoped the final result would be a little lighter.

Sep 16, 2003

Is this recipe using condensed milk or evaporated milk. In the summary states condensed, but in recipe states evaporated. Used this recipe with the evaporated and seemed to be runny after cooking. Let it cook for another 20 minutes and filling was thicker, but was very sweet.

Oct 19, 2010

Just like I remember as a kid! I brought this little taste of the south to Denver and it was a winner! Thanks for the memories.

Nov 16, 2011

This is one of my favorite chess pie recipes, my grandmother says that it is better than hers and she is going on 80. Chess pie is my favorite and I just love this recipe hands down.

Dec 21, 2010


Nov 18, 2010

This was delish! I had never had Chess Pie but my husband requested it. It's so easy to make and the custard center was smooth and creamy. Loved it. Thanks!

May 31, 2011

Excellent recipe! This is definitely a keeper.I found out it needs an extra 15 to 20 minutes more on bake time for firming the center of pie.Other then that it's the best I've ever tasted. KUDOS!!!


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  • Calories
  • 455 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.1 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 232 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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