Chess Pie (Cornmeal Pie)

When I was a little girl my mother would make a wonderful pie that I thought she was calling “Chest Pie.”   Later on I realized she was really saying “Chess Pie” but it still seems an odd name to me.  Cornmeal Pie is much more fitting considering that cornmeal is one of the main ingredients.

This pie is now a favorite of my children.  They ask for it frequently.  And since it is so easy to make I try not to disappoint them.

A very simple way to boost the flavor of this already amazingly delicious pie is to use freshly ground cornmeal.  Grinding your own meal isn’t a bother with the Wondermill Electric Grain Mill.

Simply purchase a bag of popcorn kernels.  Turn on the Wondermill Grain Mill, set to the coarsest setting, and in less than two minutes you have freshly ground cornmeal.

The flavor of freshly ground cornmeal far surpasses its store bought counterpart.



2 – 9″ unbaked pie shells

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup cornmeal

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition.  Add corn syrup, milk, and vanilla, mix well.  Fold in cornmeal and flour.  Pour mixture into two 9 inch pie shells.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Lower heat to 300 degrees and bake an additional 25 minutes or until pies are set.

If you have never tried a Chess (or Cornmeal) Pie give it a try and let me know what you think.  What kind of pies did your mother make when you were growing up?

About KatyDidCountry

I am a wife and homeschooling mother of three. My family and I live a simple country life in north Alabama. We raise diary goats, chickens, and try to raise most of our own food. I love cooking, crafting, and country living!

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Grain Mill Wagon Experience:

I had a wonderful time using my WonderMill to create many traditional recipes. My first thought was to get very creative and make different dishes using unusual grains that I would not normally try. Then I realized that if I were going to use the grain mill on a daily basis that I needed to cook as I normally do simply replacing the store bought ingredients with fresh ground meal. One thing that surprised me was the ease of use and short amount of time (seconds) that it took to have fresh ground meal. I now consider the WonderMill an essential tool in the kitchen.

I had the opportunity to work with many great bloggers and share their creativity. I will continue to use the WonderMill and experiment with different types of grains make creative dishes. I'll also continue the wonderful recipes of old using fresh home ground meal.

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3 Responses to Chess Pie (Cornmeal Pie)

  1. Debbie Rogers Swanson says:

    Looks and sounds lovely. Not on the diet plan I’m trying to stick to though… I love the idea of freshly ground cornmeal from popcorn. Thanks Katie. I will pass it on to my daughter, who can make it for the grandkids and start their own memories of mom’s homemade pie!

    • KatyDidCountry Katy says:

      Debbie it’s definitely not diet friendly but it is delicious. I hope your daughter gives it a try. I hope you get to make some homemade cornmeal it really is delicious.

  2. Jenn @ Sweet T Makes Three Jenn says:

    Hubby loves chess pie. Thanks for the recipe!

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