Bill Clinton's Lemon Chess Pie
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Pi Day: Bill Clinton’s Lemon Chess Pie

Pi Day: Bill Clinton’s Lemon Chess Pie

For some reason, I got it in my head that this year for Pi Day (not to be confused with National Pie Day), I wanted to make a pie and I wanted to make a pi symbol out of powdered sugar on top of it.

I haven’t done anything quite like that before, but it looked pretty cool in my head, so I set out to find a new pie recipe that looked like it would be relatively flat enough on top to look nice with that type of decoration.

Pi Day: Bill Clinton’s Lemon Chess Pie

Enter this Lemon Chess Pie. I had heard of chess pies before, but didn’t really know what they were. Basically, it’s a custard pie that has cornmeal added to the filling.

It turned out really well! One of my very favorite pies (and probably the one I’ve baked the most often) is a Rhubarb Custard Pie, but I don’t recall making any other custard pies, so this was a nice treat.

This pie is silky and tangy and a really nice after-dinner treat. Be sure to bake it in either one deep dish pie crust or 2 standard ones, as it makes a LOT of filling.

I used a storebought deep dish pie crust and I still had a little filling leftover.

Pi Day: Bill Clinton’s Lemon Chess Pie

Bill Clinton’s Lemon Chess Pie

“Bill Clinton’s favorite pie!!!” — Carolyn

Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch pie

1 (9 inch) pie shell
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and milk. Add flour, cornmeal, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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