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Old-Fashioned Southern Chess Pie

By: Christin from
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This Old-Fashioned Southern Chess Pie is a variation of the classic Southern chess pie recipe. It is made up of dates, raisins, and pecans, spices, and rich and creamy custard. It dates back to the late 19th century making it a forgotten treasure among modern day pies. This is a great recipe to try out around the holidays when you're already sure to be making plenty of other decadent  treats. It's always a nice time of year to try new pie recipes and see what your friends and family like best. This pie has a similar profile to a pecan pie, but the focus is less on the pecans and more on the custard, which we certainly aren't complaining about!

Cooking Time25 min

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I have seen pies like this made on television cooking shows before, and have always wondered why it is called a chess pie. Does it have something to do with the light and dark contrasting layers - like the black vs. white pieces on a chess board? Or is it named after somebody with the last name Chess that made this famous? Anyhow, I love raisins, dates, and pecans so I want to attempt this pie soon!

I've had what's termed chocolate chess pie before, but this is the first time I've encountered one of the early recipes for an original chess pie. I really like the idea of using the crust to hold the fruit and nut filling rather than trying to incorporate the mix into the custard. The finished product looks absolutely tasty and I'm looking forward to devoting the time to making this excursion into culinary history.

Original chess pie DOES NOT contain any fruits or nuts


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