Mom's Chess Pie

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1 Tbsp cornmeal
1 1/4 c sugar
2 Tbsp flour
3 eggs
1 stick butter
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 regular pie shell

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Erin Latch Recipe
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savannah, TN (pop. 6,982)
Member Since May 2010
Erin's notes for this recipe:
My mom passed this recipe on to me years ago. Everyone loves her chess pies!
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What a lovely recipe! Perfectly sweet, smooth and creamy... What's not to love??


Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter in microwave.
Mix cornmeal, sugar and flour.
Add eggs and butter. Cream throughly.
Mix in vanilla and vinegar. Pour into pie shell and bake for 45 minutes.

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user vicky hunt rachaelsmom - Sep 12, 2010
I adore this pis..My Grandmother Taylor made this for me soooo much when I was little..
user Abby Johnson abbers - Sep 14, 2010
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user Avery Davis-Fletcher TexAvery - Oct 12, 2010
My mother used to make this very same pie. After her Brown Sugar Pie, it was our favorite. I've not had this version of chess pie since she died over 30 years ago. I will have to make it soon. Thanks for posting.
user Diann Wilkins diannw - Oct 16, 2010
I'm mom! Erin makes this pit better than I do. It's a great pie. You will usually have all the ingredience in the kitchen. Thanks Erin for sharing it with others.
user Brenda Crafton idothecookin - Nov 9, 2010
I love chess pie! Anybody know where it originated? Back in the western days women cooked with what they had on hand. As mentioned, the ingredients are pretty much staples in the kitchen. One day the husband came home and asked as he came in, "What's for supper"? The wife told him. Then he asked, "What kind of pie is that"? Wife said, "Jest pie". In later years it became known as "Chess Pie"!
Really, this is the truth! Just a little something I remember reading in one of Louis Lamour's western books.

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