Chess Pie - "It's a Southern Tradition!" This pie is so hard to describe. The name, like many legends is rooted in mystery. The jist of it is that a weary traveler back in the 1800's came to rest at a boarding house late at night. Having missed dinner service he pleaded for any food that was available and was presented with a slice of pie. He loved the pie so much as it was unlike anything he ever had before and wanted to know what it was called. The woman in a deep southern accent replied: Don't know suh, "jus" pie. Instead if hearing just, he assumed it was called Chess.
What is Chess Pie? Well this pie has the consistency of a pecan pie without the pecans, but tastes more akin to a custard pie, but it is not custard. It is very similar to buttermilk pie and in some parts of the country; they refer to this as a sugar pie. All I can say is that the pie is made with butter, sugar, & eggs; a dash of cornmeal for texture, and a splash of vinegar for that sweet & sour twang!