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Simple Amish Chess Pie Recipe

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Simple Amish Chess Pie Recipe
Simple Amish Chess Pie Recipe
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No matter how strong your willpower may be, nobody can resist classic southern chess pie recipes. Make this Simple Amish Chess Pie Recipe whenever you want something light to go with fresh fruit or roast coffee. Pie recipes like this will have your family's mouths watering as soon as you set them on the table. Best of all, this chess pie comes with a pie crust recipe that goes great with any other pie flavor you can think of. Easy pie recipes like this can transport you back to simpler times, if you let them.

Yields1 pie

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time50 min

Simple Amish Bread

This cinnamon Amish bread is undeniably delicious. This is a truly delicious and easy recipe that is simply a classic!

What's In a Name?

While the origins of chess pie are pretty clear, the history of it's peculiar name is less obvious. This pie originated in England and was brought to America by the early settlers. Over time the pie grew in popularity among Southerners, and eventually it became emblematic of Southern desserts.

But where does the name chess pie come from? There are a couple theories, but nobody really knows for sure the origins of this interesting name. Some say it is derived from the somewhat similar British cheese pie. Others say it came from people trying to write "just pie" in a Southern accent. However, the most popular explanation is that it's a shortening of "chest pie." Because this pie has so much sugar in it, it would have kept well in pie chests in the days before refrigerators.

Chess pie is delicious no matter the origins. This pie is basically a cheesecake but without the cheese, and it would have been a handy recipe to have when cream cheese was less accessible as it is now. Different variations of this pie pair it with different types of fruit and sometimes chocolate. Whichever way you like your chess pie, you know it will be delicious!

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I've never had a citrus pie, but I like lemon pie, so I'm anxious to try this. I don't know how the cornmeal affects the texture in the pie filling. I hope it's not gritty. I'm game though!


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