Pa Pa's Chess Pie Recipe -
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Pa Pa's Chess Pie

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"This is a rich, fluffy egg custard type pie. My Grandfather loved this pie and the recipe has been handed down through the years. You can cut the sugar in half if so desired. This pie calls for lemon extract, but doesn't taste like lemon."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 9 inch deep dish pies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. Mix in flour, then 1/2 cup milk. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Mix until smooth, then stir in the remaining 1 cup milk.
  3. Gently fold egg whites into milk mixture. Pour half of mixture into each pastry shell.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 16, 2003

i make this pie all the time, i use evaporated milk in place of the reg. milk and i don't use the lemon flavor. i have used brown sugar instead of white. we really like it at our house. GREAT RECIPE.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 25, 2005

This does not taste like chess pie at all. It is a very good custard pie, and they brown up beautifully with the beaten egg whites mixed in, but I was a little dissapointed. Probably won't make again, but if you like custard pie, go for it. Thanks Liz.


6 Ratings

Sep 16, 2003

I have never had chess pie. My friends were talking about how good it is and easy to make so I looked it up and made this one. Really easy. I had to cook it a lot longer but there wasnt any left by the time everyone had all they wanted.

Sep 16, 2003

I gave this recipe to my sister, and she made it at home. She said it was really good. When she came to visit, I got her to make it for us, and it was really good. She used brown sugar instead of white, and evaporated milk.

Dec 17, 2002

Could leave out the lemon extract!!!

May 19, 2011

This deserves more that 5 stars. Wow, this is a great pie. I wanted to try a Chocolate Chess Pie, but didn't like those recipes. So I choose this one instead. Only wanted 1 pie, so I made half of it. I added 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa to it (did not add any extra sugar). I was almost afraid that it would not make a full 9 in. deep dish pie, as I made my own crust. It worked out perfect. I accidently forgot to add the flour! So I cooked it about an hour. It turned out fine. The chocolate and egg whites stayed at the top and the bottom was custard. Thanks for sharing a great recipe, I sure will use it over and over again.


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  • Calories
  • 308 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 79 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 181 mg
  • 7%

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

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