Buttermilk Chess Pie

buttermilk chess pieI went most of my life never even hearing of a buttermilk chess pie. Likely because it's an old southern dish, and I didn't grow up in the south. After moving here a few years ago, however, I discovered it and fell in love.

It's perfect in its simplicity, and a nice basic pie to serve alongside fruits. It's rich and quite sweet, so you don't need a lot, but it's a fun and delicious addition to your repertoire of desserts if it's not already there.

I like this recipe from Deep South Dish because it actually includes buttermilk and some lemon, which cut down on the sweetness just a bit.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Chess Pie
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 rounded tablespoon of cornmeal
2 rounded tablespoons of flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup of butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 eggs
Zest from one lemon, chopped fine
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 unbaked pie shell
Whipped cream (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the sugar, cornmeal, flour and salt. To that add the butter, buttermilk, and vanilla; mix. Beat the eggs, add and mix. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Place pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate and pour mixture into the pie shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and set. Use a pie shield (or aluminum foil) on the edges after about 20 minutes to prevent crust from overbrowning. Can also tent entire pie with aluminum foil if the top of the pie itself is overbrowning.

Let cool completely on a rack. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a grating of fresh nutmeg on top.

*If you don't use or don't have buttermilk, just use the soured milk method. (for this recipe, 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar and enough whole milk to make the 1/2 cup)

Image via kimberlykv/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Gertie

Awww... my grandmother used to make this. It was her favorite. It is a perfect pie really because it is so simple. : ) It brings back lots of wonderful memories.

nonmember avatar Mary

Glad you enjoyed my pie Julie! It's an old fashioned southern favorite with a twist. I can't handle the overly sweet version of regular chess pie, which is why I wrote this recipe using buttermilk and lemon to cut the sweet. If you'd like to link to my original recipe here it is: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/02/old-fashioned-buttermilk-chess-pie.html Glad you liked it and hope you come back by to visit!

bether89 bether89

I want to make this.  It sounds wonderful.

mommy... mommythree0508

I have seen this recipe before.I need to finallytry it.

allie... alliesmom112

One of my favorite things!

nonmember avatar James

Apart from playing wooden games such as chess sets, if you have time to spare to indulge in cooking which is your hobby you will like reading this article. Those who are searching for cooking something new will love this recipe. If you have a craving for sweet food you will enjoy eating this dish. The enthusiastic cooks who are getting ready their aprons and cooking wares will be glad that the recipe is inserted inside the article. Buttermilk chess pie is the recipe given. This recipe is a deep southern one. It consists of using buttermilk and some lemon. The lemon is used to reduce the sweetness of the dish. Try it out today!

nonmember avatar David Jenkins

Thanks for the posting. I like knowing about new and interesting food recipes. The dish in the photo looks very tempting. I am sure there are many people out there who would love to try out making this buttermilk chess pie. According to the posting, it is said to be an old southern dish. I think the pie can be served with fruits. I may try to make this dish after my play with the wooden chess sets.

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