Southern Chess Pie

There is just something so deliciously satisfying about this Southern Chess Pie recipe.

The lemon flavor isn’t overbearing, but just enough to brighten the flavors.

It’s not overly sweet, either.  It all comes together quickly to make an absolutely delightful pie.

Southern Chess-Pie-recipe

Chess Pie is a custard pie that is very popular in the Southern U.S.

Using Meyer lemons is always a good choice, but if you don’t have access to Meyer lemons, just good ole juicy lemons from the supermarket will do!

A handful of fresh fruit, such as raspberries, and then a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar is always a nice addition!

Southern Chess-Pie-recipe

This pie can be put together in a matter of minutes.

It bakes for about 45 – 50 minutes, and then you’ve got a true crowd-pleasin’ pie on your hands.

Making your own pie crust is, of course, always excellent, but store-bought would be perfectly fine, too!

Southern Chess-Pie-recipe

Doesn’t that look simply amazing?

Trust us, it tastes as good as it looks!

So, go ahead and make this classic Southern Chess Pie, you won’t be sorry!

Southern Chess-Pie-recipe

Southern Chess Pie

This Southern Chess Pie recipe is a favorite in our house. The Loon can't stop raving about it. And it's so simple to put together. Top with fresh fruit and confectioners' sugar for added flavor and a beautiful presentation!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Chess Pie, Meyer Lemons
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 379kcal


  • 1 9-inch pie single pie crust click for recipe
  • 8 tablesoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh berries optional
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar optional


  • Make the pie dough and fit into a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the flour, cornmeal, lemon juice, zest, sugar, vanilla extract, sour cream and buttermilk.
  • Add the egg and stir until mixture is just combined.
  • Pour into the unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake the pie on the bottom rack for 45 to 50 minutes, or until center is set, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (The top will be slightly golden brown).
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool before adding a topping.
  • If desired, top with fresh berries and sprinkle confectioners' sugar over the top.


Calories: 379kcal
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