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Old Time Chess Pie

Servings: 8
Chess pie, an old time southern favorite and still popular today. Add a little lemon juice or lemon zest to the filling for an extra special tang and if desired, serve topped with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.

1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks/6 oz/170g) butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons whipping cream or half & half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice (optional)

Garnish (optional)
Sweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350°F (180 C). Place unbaked pastry in a 9-inch pie pan (or a ready-made store-bought unbaked pie crust may be used). Crimp or flute edges of pastry; set aside.

Combine all filling ingredients in large bowl. Stir until well mixed.

Pour filling into prepared pastry. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

To serve, top each serving with sweetened whipped cream.

Makes 8 servings.

Date: February 14, 2005