How to Make Chess Pie – Gluten Free

I have always been fascinated by how people cooked historically.  One of my favorite places to visit is the Hubbardton Battlefield where they reenact the Battle of Hubbardton (a battle during the American Revolution).  I love watching the women cook over an open fire. I have been known to sit down on the couch with an old fashioned cookbook and read it cover to cover.  When I found a chess pie recipe in the Gooseberry Patch Hometown Christmas cookbook I was sent for review, I knew I needed to show you how to make chess pie.

Chess Pie is a recipe that was brought over from England originally. It is an egg based pie that is similar to a buttermilk pie or vinegar pie.  Vinegar pie typically has the addition of vinegar and Chess pie has the addition of cornmeal.  If you have never had this type of pie before, imagine a Pecan pie but without the corn syrup or the pecans. A popular southern variation is a Lemon Chess pie which is basically a Chess pie with the addition of lemon juice. Chess pie is a sweet pie that is often served with a cup of tea or glass of milk to cut the sweetness.

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How to Make Chess Pie – Gluten Free

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How to Make Chess Pie - Gluten Free

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c butter
  • 2 T cornmeal
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 9-inch pie crusts, baked
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  1. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine all ingredients except crusts.
  2. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour evenly into pie crusts.
  4. Bake 350F for about 10 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cool completely. Makes 2 pies.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert

How to make a chess pie

How to make a chess pie

To make this Chess pie gluten free, simply cook it in a gluten free pie crust.

Gooseberry Patch Hometown Christmas is loaded with festive recipes, merry-making tips, and warm holiday memories. You will find recipes for Breakfast, Warmers, Dinners, and Treats.  There are also sections for Open House recipes and Slow Cooker Comfort Foods.  The recipes are easy to prepare and, best of all, tried and approved by their authors.

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  1. I love historical cooking as well. Their recipes seem so simple to us yet packed with flavor. I can't imagine making some of the recipes they did without all the modern technology.
  2. I have never heard of this type of pie before but looks tasty!
  3. Your crust looks awesome!
  4. Interesting history on the pie. I can't imagine a pecan pie without the corn syrup though. LOL That's what makes it so good, right? I have heard of a chess pie, but never seen one before. I was imagining a checkerboard. 
  5. I love this pie, especially that it is good AND gluten-free!
  6. Chess Pie is one of our favorites. I hadn't thought about using gluten free pie crusts, talk about a why didn't I think of that moment. 
  7. This pie looks delicious.  I am trying to eat gluten free but am very new to it.  I haven't seen any pie recipes like this yum!!
  8. Yum, this looks really good!
  9. I am not sure that I have ever heard of Chess Pie. It looks good, though.
  10. 3 Things: A) Gooseberry Recipe Books ARE THE BEST. I receive them as gifts from my grandmother and I cherish them.  B) Can I come over for dinner? lol  C) This looks delicious!
  11. Oh wow, this is really neat. I have never heard of it, but sure looks tasty!
  12. Keely Hostetter says:
    Sounds yummy, my son would like this.
  13. Well that's as easy as pie (lol) to make it gluten-free and it sure looks tasty, Ellen!
  14. I have never heard of this pie before, but I like pie and it sounds delicious! :)
  15. THAT'S WHAT CHESS PIE IS!?!?  i had no idea!
  16. I've heard of Chess Pie, but I honestly didn't know what it actually was.  Sounds like something I'll have to try!
  17. Love recipes with a story behind them and this looks yummy too!
  18. Ive never heard of 'Chess pie'... I think it sounds interesting! I don't think Ive ever made a pie with vinegar...???
  19. I have never made a chess pie myself. It looks wonderful. I'll have to give this recipe a try.
  20. I have never had a chess pie. I have seen them in my cookbooks but have not had one. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I could sit and read them for hours. 
  21. i've never heard of this before but ut sounds delicious. a great option for the holiday guests too!
  22. My husband LOVES Chess Pie!! We always buy it pre-made because I don't know how to make it. It would be such a surprise to make this for him!! ;D Thank you!


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