Friday, July 1, 2011

Chocolate Chess Pie

Last week, I mentioned on my linky party that I've started reading At My Grandmother's Knee by Faye Porter, copyright 2011. This book is compiled of recipes submitted from people around the southern United States that focus on their grandmothers' specialities. Last fall, I set out to conquer the pecan pie and I made several versions of pecan pie and posted it here on A Well-Seasoned Life. When I saw this recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie included in Ms. Porter's cookbook, I was immediately drawn to it. Chess pies are another famous southern dessert, but I will admit it here that I've never made one. Heck, I've never tasted one. Yes, I'm ashamed. So, I decided that the chess pie needed conquering, too. It was so simple to make and tasted delicious like a warm chocolate chip cookie...without the cookie!

Chocolate Chess Pie

1 stick butter
2 squares (1-oz. each) unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pie crust (9 inches), unbaked

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate. Transfer the chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar, flour, salt, milk, eggs, and vanilla and beat for 5 to 6 minutes. Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

I used a 9-inch deep dish pie crust.

This is what you call lucky. I didn't double-check the list of ingredients before I started cooking. But, fortunately, I just happened to have had some unsweetened baking chocolate in my pantry.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl.

Another lucky break here, too. I only had one cup of sugar left in my canister. I was sweating bullets measuring this out and had just enough. After the pie was done, I headed for the grocery store to remedy the situation.

I added two tablespoons of flour to the chocolate mixture along with the sugar.

Next came the salt, vanilla flavoring and three lightly beaten eggs. I mixed the ingredients together until fully blended. The filling will be fairly thin.

Pour the filling into the pie crust. I put the pie on a small sheetpan in case I spilled it which I'm prone to do.

I baked the pie for 40 minutes. I rotated it once after the 30 minute mark to make sure it was browning evenly.

This pie is rich and delicious! It may be my first experience with the Chocolate Chess Pie but it won't be my last.


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  1. That looks so fudgy. What a fantastic dessert.

  2. What a beautiful looking pie! I've never heard of Chess Pies. Thanks for educating me, lol :) I wish I could reach in and steal a piece...I've been craving some chocolate :)

  3. It's missing the vinegar!!!

  4. I see that most chess pies recipes call for a tablespoon of vinegar. However, this one didn't. I would definitely use vinegar in a traditional chess or lemon chess pie. Thanks!

  5. This sounds wonderful; right up my alley. I can't wait for an excuse to make it. And, now that I know about your Pecan Pie experiment, I'm off to search your archives!

  6. This pie brings back the best memories for me. Yummy +10 !

  7. southerners really know how to make the best desserts!!! This looks absolutely fantastic!!!

  8. My mother was known for making this pie...same recipe I do believe! Yummy...this brought back good memories!

  9. Wonderful memory! I made this pie eons ago and have completely forgotten about it. Thank you so much for sharing!! I love regular chess pie as well as lemon chess too ~ if you haven't, try those when you have time.

    Again, thank you!

  10. Kim....that pie looks heavenly :)

    My grandma always made the best chocolate pie .... I'll have to try this version :)


  11. Looks heavenly! My grandmother's specialty was chocolate cake. Have a wonderful holiday!

  12. Oh yum...this looks amazing and so inviteable...would you share a piece??? smile...

    Blessings and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe...

    xoxo Gert

  13. sounds amazing! I am gaining weight just by reading everyones dessert recipes tonight :0)

  14. Mmmm! You sold me at Chocolate! Just found your blog via Sweet As Sugar Cookies. Can't wait to read more!

  15. This looks amazing!

    We are having a themed linky party over at my blog, (Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays) and this weeks theme is chocolate. The link will be up tonight beginning at 8 pm Please come by and link up a few of your favorite chocolate recipes! We hope to see you there.


  16. I've only made Lemon Chess Pie and haven't seen Chocolate - it looks wonderful!

  17. Never even heard of chess pie!! It was your photo that grabbed me, lovely! This pie sounds really rich and chocolaty, and that makes me want to go make one now :)

  18. Yummy!

    I have been looking for a pie like this, just without a pie crust. Can I bake it without it? I want a chocolate pie with rich, soft, dark chocolate that melts-in-your-mouth! And yours looks just like that!

    Waiting for your responce,

  19. Mmm! Looks gorgeous! I was looking for the chess pie recipe and found this one absolutely awesome! But does anyone knows why is it named "chess" pie?


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