What in the World is Chess Pie?
One of the questions I have been asked the most concerning my latest release, His Steadfast Love, a Civil War novel set in Texas, is "What is chess pie?"
Interestingly enough in the opening scene Amanda Belle, the southern protagonist, is cutting pies at dinner-on-the-grounds and the hero, Captain Kent Littlefield, a Union officer stationed near their home before the war starts, wonders the same thing. She serves him some of her servant, Elsie's, famous chess pie -- and he's hooked.
I never dreamed that even southerners might not know what chess pie is. So I am providing a recipe for buttermilk chess pie for you. I think I initially got the recipe out of Southern Living magazine. It's a gooey, custardy, sweet, delectable standard dessert in many Southern homes. And it's easy to make. Here are the directions! This one recipe makes two pies. Try it -- I'll bet you'll be hooked just like Captain Kent Littlefield!
2 - 9 or 10 " pie crust, unbaked
3 cups sugar (I usually don't use a full 3 cups - about 2 1/2)
2 sticks softened real butter
Mix above until light.
Add: 2 tsps vanilla & 1 cup buttermilk
Pour into pie shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 325 and bake for 30 minutes or until firm in middle.