Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie is a traditional Southern pie occasionally made with lemon that is quite similar to a Lemon Meringue pie, albeit without the meringue topping.

Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Today I am sharing a chess pie flavored with lemon as my recipe of the day for my second offering in Lemon Week. I will also be posting tomorrow. And there will be giveaways on all days so be sure to sign up.

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Lemon Chess Pie

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Today’s Recipe: Lemon Chess Pie

whole lemon chess pie

And in today’s recipe, it is chock full of lemon. Although tempered by the deep flavor of vanilla, which gives it a superior flavor. It is easy to stir together and bake in a par-baked crust, without the trouble of making meringue.

I did use up a refrigerated pie crust in mine, as I keep those on hand for busy moments. They are not my favorites though, as they tend to be smaller, thinner, and dry out in the package before you unroll them.

Extra Filling as Lemon Chess Custard Desserts

lemon chess custard in ramekins

To conquer this, let the crust warm briefly then unroll so you can pinch the cracks together, and then chill in the pie plate.

The size is smaller though, so you might find you have to adjust your filling, or use 1-1/2 crusts pieced together to make a larger one. Otherwise, the extra filling can be placed in buttered ramekins to be baked alongside as an extra dessert. You could also make little tart crusts for the extra but the reasons bringing you to that preclude doing so.

I like my chess pie shorter anyway, so having the extra custards is fine. And knowing the alternatives, you can choose your own way.

Lemon Chess Pie

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Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Sue Lau
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 6
Calories 569 kcal


  • 1 pie plate


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white cornmeal
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter cooled
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 deep dish pie crust (or one regular crust plus 2 half cup ramekins sprayed with nonstick)


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place pie crust into a pie plate and crimp edges; line with a small sheet of parchment or other oven-proof paper and weigh with pie weights or dried beans.
  • Par-bake the crust for fifteen minutes, then allow to cool and remove inserted paper and weights.
  • Whisk together the sugar, flour, salt and corn meal in a bowl.
  • Stir together the melted butter with cold buttermilk to make sure it has cooled in a small cup.
  • Separately, whisk the eggs, then stir in the butter and milk mixture, plus the lemon juice, vanilla and lemon.
  • Gradually stir in the flour mix, whisking to make sure it has a smooth consistency.
  • Ladle the filling into the pie crust, filling it to the fluting. Do not overfill. If you have extra, place that into a buttered or sprayed ramekin to bake separately.
  • Place all in the oven and bake for forty minutes.
  • If you used ramekins, remove those now.
  • Cover the pie with foil or other tenting to prevent excessive browning and bake ten minutes more.
  • Cool all completely. Serve topped with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you like.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
The filling is adequate for a deep dish pie; if using a regular pie crust for a traditional shorter pie, you can place the extra filling in ramekins to bake as a couple of lemon chess custards.


Calories: 569kcalCarbohydrates: 89gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 412IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
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4 responses

  1. I love chess pie!! Lemon?! I never thought to make a lemon one! And great suggestion for that to do with the leftover filling.

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