The earliest printed reference to the "chess pie" was in a cookbook published by the Fort Worth Women's Club in 1928. There are many theories for the name of this pie, along with a few interesting stories, but the origin remains a mystery to this day.
A typical chess pie is made with a filling of eggs, sugar, butter, and a little flour, and some include cornmeal and a little vinegar and flavoring. This one is made with cornmeal and part brown sugar.
More Delicious Cream Pie Recipes
- Heat the oven to 350° F .
- Prepare the pie pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate. Flute the edge.
- In a bowl, combine the melted butter with the brown and granulated sugars. Add the beaten eggs, vinegar, vanilla, and cornmeal; stir until thoroughly blended. Do not beat.
- Pour into the pastry-lined pie plate and bake for 1 hour, or until set and crust is browned.