Buttermilk Chess Pie

1 unbaked 9” pie shell
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon flour or cornmeal
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
fresh berries

Preheat oven to 425 F. Melt butter and beat in sugar and flour or cornmeal. Add eggs and beat well. Add buttermilk and beat well. Pour custard into unbaked pie shell. Reduce oven temperature to 325 F. Bake pie for 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool and serve with fresh berries. Serves 8.

Note: Often Chess pie is associated with Southern cooking. It’s a very rich old, fashioned pie using basic ingredients: butter, sugar and eggs. I first found the recipe in a Shaker cookbook, and added my buttermilk twist to the dish only to find out later buttermilk is also a common ingredient. Chess pie is like any old favorite, there are probably as many recipes and variations as there are cooks who like to make it.

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