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chess pie
Chess Pie 
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Rest Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Chess pie is one of the most traditional Southern pies in the United States. It consists mainly in a baked creamy filling, perfumed with vanilla.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Laurie Liagre
For the dough
  • 14 tablespoons cold salted butter cut into cubes
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold water more or less
  • Pie weights or dry beans for baking
For the filling
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • cup caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
For the decor
  • Icing sugar
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the flat beater, mix the cold salted butter and the flour to obtain a shortbread effect.
  2. Add the cold water (3 to 5 tablespoons), until the mixture starts to become homogeneous.
  3. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap.
  4. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough and spread it in a tart pan, preferably with a removable bottom, about 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).

  7. Cover the dough with parchment paper. Place dry beans all over the surface and bake for 10 minutes
  8. Remove the parchment paper and the dry beans and bake for 5 more minutes. The dough should be lightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  10. Lower the oven temperature to 340 F (175 C) for the second part of the baking.

  1. Using a whisk, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture over the dough.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle icing sugar on top of the tart before serving.