Ruarke’s Favorite Chess Pie

I had no idea that my “island boy” son loved Chess Pie, until he came home one day and was telling me about a BBQ he attended and a pie that was “store bought” that was also served!  Yes, it was Chess Pie.  SO, in my quest to always please my family and make their  most favorite dishes and meals, I set out and have tried several recipes that were posted on the internet and in my cookbooks.  The recipe I’m sharing with you, is a definite “Tried and True” combination of several of those recipes that.  It’s sweet and buttery and full of that old fashioned country goodness.


1 regular Pie crust, NOT “deep dish” type
4 large Eggs
1 cup granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Butter, softened
1 Tbsp. WHITE Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Cornmeal
1 Tbsp. All-purpose Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 350° degrees.  Place your unbaked pie crust onto a cookie sheet and allow it to “prebake” for about 5 – 8 minutes.   While the crust is baking, make the filling.

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, butter, and vanilla extract.











In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cornmeal, and salt.  Stir to combine well.











Pour the sugar mixture to combine with the egg mixture.  Pour in the white vinegar.











Using a hand mixer, beat these ingredients together until thoroughly combined, for about 2 – 3 minutes.











The pie crust should have been done “pre-baking” and removed from the oven. Allow to cool slightly!











Pour the mixture into the pre-baked pie crust.  Place the pie onto a cookie sheet and allow to bake in a 350° degree oven for about 35 minutes or until golden.










If the crust begins to darken before the cooking time is up; carefully cover the crust edges with aluminum foil.  Allow to cool completely before placing into the refrigerator.  Slice and serve!

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