Southern Buttermilk Chess Pie Recipe

Southern Buttermilk Chess Pie Recipe

This Southern buttermilk chess pie has a pleasant tang from the buttermilk and lemon juice. The pie crust can be homemade or purchased.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Partially bake the pie crust. If using a packaged pie pastry or frozen pie shell, check the package directions for time and temperature. If you are using a homemade pie crust recipe or there are no instructions to follow, heat the oven to 450 F (230 C / Gas 8).
  3. Step 3

    Line the pie shell with parchment paper or foil and fill about two-thirds full with pie weights and/or dried beans.
  4. Step 4

    Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F (200 C / Gas 6), remove the pie crust from the oven, and carefully remove the pie weights and foil or paper.
  6. Step 6

    Return to the oven for 3 minutes, or just until it begins to show some color. Remove the pie to a rack and reduce the oven temperature to 350 F (180 C / Gas 4).
  7. Step 7

    In a bowl, combine the sugar, cornmeal, flour, and salt. Blend well.
  8. Step 8

    In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  9. Step 9

    Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend well.
  10. Step 10

    Pour the filling into the par-baked crust.
  11. Step 11

    Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  12. Step 12

    Reduce the heat to 325 F (165 C / Gas 3) and bake for about 25 minutes longer, or until the pie filling is set. It should be fairly firm in the center with little or no jiggle.
  13. Step 13

    Remove to a rack to cool. Chill before serving.
  14. Step 14

    Serve with freshly whipped cream or frozen thawed whipped topping. Sprinkle with shreds of lemon zest, if desired.
  15. Step 15