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Dec 17, 2007 06:57 PM

Chess Pie anyone?

I took a recent trip down to Nashville and further into Memphis and had some chess pie. Since coming back to Bmore, I havent been able to find anyone who has heard of it in the area. Does anyone know where to find some good Chess Pie that isnt as far away as TN?

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  1. I know dangerously delicious pies in federal hill has a lemon chess pie. Its really good. don't know if its the same thing though.

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    1. re: Tourettes

      it's yummy and homemade at bertha's in fells point. they are open for lunch and dinner.

      1. re: Tourettes

        Dangerously delicious also make a chocolate chess pie that is great.

      2. Vidalia in DC makes an outstanding lemon chess pie. They also share the recipe.

        I was introduced to chess pie by a guy who grew up in the Mississippi Delta. Chess, lemon chess, chocolate chess -- it's all good.

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        1. re: Bob W

          Not looking for Lemon Chess Pie, I believe that is a bit different. Looking for "chess pie" . If you have had it you would know. Truely unforgetable.

          1. re: bluelite63

            yes, my friend from the Delta made straight chess pie. quite good.

            I've been checking my usual pie sources and so far no luck. Mom's Apple Pie in Sterling VA has an almond-amaretto chess pie, and the Little Apple Pastry Shop in Aldie VA has chocolate chess and lemon chess. Pie Gourmet in Vienna VA just has lemon chess. Of course I would be happy to eat a slab of any of those pies right now.

            I'm sure there is a bakery around here that makes a plain chess pie but my impression is that lemon chess pie is the most popular chess pie variety in these parts.

          2. re: Bob W

            ^^Do you have the recipe? I'd love to know what it is!

            1. re: beauxgoris

              I only have the recipe for the small tarts, but I am sure you could make that into a big pie and adjust cooking times, I will post it on home cooking and post the link here later. I am at law school doing bar prep today so it will happen later sometime.

              1. re: ktmoomau


                I posted my Mom's recipe for the tarts they are incredible. I think I like them even better than the pie because you can just eat one or two. But you can google and find recipes for a whole pie. Sorry it took me so long.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Thanks, food is kind of my only outlet at the moment since you gotta eat, and I don't really have time to travel or shop so that is what all my disposable income can go to. But it may not be a fun time, but at least it will be tasty.

                    Anyone on here end up asking Pie Gourmet in Vienna about the pie? I was thinking about calling as my brothers birthday is coming up and I don't have time to make the tarts he would love a pie.

            2. Bluelite63- My Mom makes chess pies (not lemon), but I have never seen them in a store around here. They are actually pretty easy to make though the filling is mainly just brown sugar and butter. I would perhaps call the some of the Southern places in DC and see if they have it particularly Georgia Brown's, Oohs and Aahs or Creme. But it is kind of a simple almost considered "poor mans" pie since the filling really is just about brown sugar and butter. It is like a pecan pie without the pecans correct? This is what I have always experienced with regular chess pie.

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                OK, call me an ill-informed Yankee (but I am from the *south* suburbs of Chicago originally!), but what's the difference between a chess pie and a shoo-fly pie? It sounds like both are basically very sweet pies/tarts with no fruit or nuts in the filling. Is the difference that shoo-fly includes molasses, and chess doesn't?

                1. re: Warthog

                  There would be no molasses in chess pie it really is just mainly sugar pie. It tastes to me almost like a pecan pie without the pecans. It I believe was traditionally more of a southern tart than pie, but that is a pretty slim difference in my book. Molasses definitely gives the pie a completely different flavor. I myself prefer chess pie, but that what I grew up with.

                  1. re: Warthog

                    Also, a shoofly pie is typically layered, with the molasses layer on the bottom and a coffee cake-like crumb topping ... well, on top. And I second the description of chess pie as basically tasting like a pecan pie without the pecans. They are different in terms of ingredients (usually chess pie doesn't have corn syrup) but they sure taste similar to me.

                2. A few years ago, seeking the original chess pie (which has no lemon nor any other flavoring in it), I was able to talk the people at Pie Gourmet in Vienna, VA into making one for me. They usually have it flavored with lemons. But they were willing with one week's notice to make me a chess pie with no flavoring. They made a lot of them and sold them to customers all day. I followed that request a few months later with a request for butterscotch pie. Same thing, they made a lot of them and sold them all day to everybody who wanted one.

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                  1. re: Potomac Bob

                    I like that a lot - a simple request that makes everyone happy! Too often we just order off the list and assume it's not otherwise available. We get what we want and they find a potential new customer base.