Mama's Chess Pie

Cathy Smith


This particular recipe is quite old, it is older than I am so it is 56* years. It has graced almost every Thnsgiving and Christmas dinner and still one of my favorites.


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4 large
1/2 c
butter softened
2 Tbsp
corn meal
1/8 tsp
1 1/2 c
2 Tbsp
evaporated milk
1 tsp
vanilla *see note*
unbaked pie shell *see note*

How to Make Mama's Chess Pie


  • 1Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Note* I love a flakey crust so have found this to help, while baking keep a beaten egg white handy, brush the unbaked pie shell bottom and sides with the beaten egg white and bake that for 7-minutes, let it cool then proceed on.
  • 2Beat eggs and butter till lite and lemon colored. Sprinkle in the remaining dry ingredients. Then add the evaporated milk and vanilla.
  • 3Pour this into the pie shell and bake for 55-65 minutes until set.
  • 4NOTE* You can make this a lemon chess pie by adding 1/4 cup lemon juice and the zest from one lemon.

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About Mama's Chess Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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