When I brought the Boyfriend home to Nashville, he had never heard of Chess Pie and had to try it. He fell in love after the first bite and rightfully so! The flavor and consistency is like no other dessert out there, not to mention the top of the pie comes out with this amazing flaky, buttery crust! His family had never heard of it, either, so I agreed to make it for them at last night's dinner. Here's my recipe:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 5 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 9" unbaked pie shell
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then mix the first 3 dry ingredients together. Beat your 5 eggs, one at a time, into your dry ingredient mixture. Add the vanilla, cream, butter, and vinegar and beat it all together until smooth.
Pour it in the unbaked pie shell, then brush the edges of the crust with a little bit of extra melted butter. Bake the pie at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Once the pie is finished baking, don't take it out! Instead, turn off the oven, open the oven door, and let it sit there for a few minutes, maybe 10-15. Then, take it out of the oven and let it cool before serving!
I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of the whole finished product! Everyone loved it! I put some vanilla ice cream on the side, but it's not necessary. It's good enough on it's own!