Lemon Chess Pie


Lemon chess pie has all of the creamy taste of traditional chess pie, but it surely makes use of lemon juice and zest for a taste twist. It is a Lemon Pie recipe you’ll love!

Be sure that to take a look at my recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie too!

A slice of Lemon Chess Pie on a plate

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What Is A Lemon Chess Pie?

Chess Pie is a traditional Southern pie recipe, that truly originated in England. With out stepping into an excessive amount of historical past, it’s a candy pie recipe that could be very simple to make with easy components. Right this moment I’m making a lemon model of the traditional, and I’d say that I choose the tart lemon filling over the unique! The filling virtually tastes like lemon curd, so for those who like lemon curd, you’ll LOVE this recipe!

Lemon Chess Pie sliced in a pie pan

Elements for This Lemon Chess Pie Recipe:

This recipe makes a 9-inch pie. Be sure that to jump over to Imperial Sugar for the FULL RECIPE

  • Pie dough. You need to use homemade pie dough or you should purchase retailer purchased!
  • Massive Eggs. The eggs are greatest at room temperature for this recipe so the pie bakes into an excellent custard.
  • Granulated sugar.
  • Lemons. You’ll  use the juice and the zest!
  • Melted Butter
  • Cornmeal. Not stone floor or course cornmeal. An everyday or advantageous cornmeal works greatest for this pie recipe.
  • All goal flour.
  • Kosher salt
  • Powdered sugar or whipped cream for garnish


  1. Crust: Unroll the pie dough right into a 9- inch pie pan. Trim  the surplus  dough, flute the perimeters, and prick the underside of the dough with a fork. Place the pie dough within the fridge for 20 minutes, when you make your filling.
  2. Filling: In a big bowl  whisk the eggs. Progressively add within the granulated sugar and zest,  whisking till mixed and till thickened.
  3. Add within the lemon  juice, melted butter, cornmeal, flour, and salt and whisk till included. 
  4. Bake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Take away the pie dough from the fridge. Pour the filling into the chilled pie crust. Bake for 45  – 50 minutes on the  lowest rack within the oven till the middle is about and  the highest is golden brown.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour then refrigerate for not less than 4 hours earlier than serving. 
  6. Mud with powdered sugar if desired.

Why Does Chess Pie Have Cornmeal?

Cornmeal is a stabilizer within the pie, conserving the  filling from being runny. Buttermilk pie  and chess pie are very related, nevertheless, cornmeal is barely utilized in chess pie!

Making ready The Pie Shell:

You need to use both a do-it-yourself pie dough or a retailer purchased dough. You possibly can even use a frozen pie crust as nicely. I’m all about making issues simple! In my recipe you don’t pre-bake this crust earlier than filling it, however you completely may partially bake it for those who choose that methodology. I’ve finished it each methods and haven’t seen a distinction, besides the crusts browns somewhat extra when it’s partially baked. PRO TIP: Place your pie on the bottom rack within the oven to make sure the underside of the pie will get absolutely cooked!

serving a slice of chess pie

How To Retailer Lemon Chess Pie?

Retailer the pie hermetic within the fridge for as much as 5 days. This pie is ok left at room temperature as nicely, however the filling will get softer, because it warms, and gained’t slice fairly as properly.

Can You Freeze Lemon Chess Pie?

Sure completely! This pie freezes superbly. Retailer it frozen for up t a month for greatest freshness. Thaw it out in a single day within the fridge.

Lemon Chess Pie sliced on a plate

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