Chess Pie


OK, time for another non-political post.20160228_174921

As I mentioned in this post a couple weeks ago, I’ve been fascinated by this article, 8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back, that I read in Mental Floss. Last week, I baked the second of them, a Chess Pie.

The article describes it as a “desperation pie” because it requires only a few cheap ingredients that are found in most households on a daily basis. This is true. The filling is mostly sugar, milk, butter, and eggs, and everything else I needed was already in my kitchen.

I followed the recipe linked in the article, which was from Southern Living. That magazine has never steered me wrong when it comes to food, and this was no exception. The pie was easy to prepare and the result was sweet and delicious. The butter flavor was very rich, and I ended up only eating a small slice at a time.

The chess pie is far from fancy, and maybe that’s why it’s been forgotten outside the South, but if you’re looking for a cheap and easy dessert, I’d recommend it.

Marlborough Pie


We’re not going to have the South Carolina primary or Nevada caucus results until later, so let’s talk about something completely different: pie.

20160205_150139Mental Floss published an article by Jeff Wells back in January entitled “8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back“. I was instantly fascinated. I love rediscovering old folkways, and everybody loves pie, so there was nothing not to like. Number 4, Shoofly Pie, is far from forgotten in Pennsylvania, but the rest I’d never heard of. So I made the Marlborough Pie, which has apple and custard for its filling.

I followed the recipe exactly, except for dicing the apple instead of grating it, mostly because I thought it would save time. I might try it again with the grater some other time. But the result was a decent pie that was not difficult to throw together. The apples’ tartness balanced the sweet custard nicely. There’s a recipe in Yankee magazine, if any of you want to give it a try.