Chess Pie

Old-fashioned chess pie with raisins and nuts.
  • Yields 1 pie
  • Details


    • One 9-inch unbaked pie crust
    • 1 large egg
    • 4 large egg yolks
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar*
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2/3 cup light cream or evaporated milk
    • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 cup California raisins
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (optional)


    Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 275°F. Line 9-inch pie pan with unbaked crust; brush with beaten egg yolk and warm in oven while preparing filling.

    In heatproof bowl, whisk egg, egg yolks, sugar and salt together until no yellow streaks remain. Add cream or milk, whisking to mix well. Scatter pieces of butter on top. Bring about 1 inch of water to simmer in skillet. Set bowl in skillet and gently whisk mixture until shiny and warm to the touch. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour filling into crust and bake at 275°F until edges are firm and center looks set but quivers when pan is gently shaken, about 50 to 65 minutes

    Note: If you prefer a tangy filling, use all granulated white sugar (1 1/3 cups) and substitute 2/3 cup buttermilk for the light cream.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 430 (43% from fat); Total Fat 21g (sat 10g, mono 7g, poly 3g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 170mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 59g; (Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 49g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 280mg; Calcium 62mg; Potassium 278mg

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