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Southern Chess-Pie-recipe

Southern Chess Pie

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
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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  • 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