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September 30, 2015

buttermilk chess pie

A classic buttermilk chess pie recipe
Old-fashioned buttermilk chess pie recipe

Ages ago I posed the question: what even is a chess pie? My astute & quick-witted buddy Karen came to the rescue & immediately sent me over a recipe for this southern delicacy. This week I finally got around to making one, & while I'm disappointed that the pie has in no way given me any chess-playing advantages, it's pretty yummy. This chess pie has all of the goodness of a custard, paired with the richness you'd expect from a Paula Dean recipe. It reminds me of a pecan pie, sans pecans, & it is so good

I topped off this pie with some slightly sweetened whipped cream, shredded coconut, & duh, coffee. 

Shredded coconut & whipped cream atop a slice of buttermilk chess pie

| Buttermilk Chess Pie |

Ingredients // 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 9" pie crust, unbaked
Directions // 
  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. 
  • In a bowl, combine the sugar & flour. 
  • Beat in eggs & buttermilk until completely blended. 
  • Stir in melted butter & vanilla extract. 
  • Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust. 
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until set. Pie is done when a knife can be inserted & removed cleanly, or when it jiggles slightly in the middle. 

A recipe for classically delicious, rich buttermilk chess pie.

Yumm-o, you guys. Also, if you're reading this Karen, I baked as I was serenaded by the original dreamboat James Taylor. Swoon!


P.S. Let's travel further south & make a batch of boiled peanuts. 


    Particularly that the recipe I gave you was a photocopy of a recipe my mother got in the 70s AND that you were listening to James Taylor and yay it turned out well too!!

    Once I get settled in my new space in Seattle, I am going to make this one again too!
    xoxox to you and Heather!

    1. Hooray!

      It seriously was divine. Lots of love & luck to you with your new Seattle-based adventure! I'm so excited for you!



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