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This Homemade Buttermilk Chess Pie Recipe is made with a simple crust and filled up with homemade buttermilk, sugar and cornmeal for an unbelievable dessert.

This Homemade Buttermilk Chess Pie Recipe is made with a simple crust and filled up with homemade buttermilk, sugar and cornmeal for an unbelievable dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Cooling Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 761kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi

Ingredients

For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ stick cold unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup leftover cold rendered bacon fat
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ice cold water

For the Filling:

  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar and fresh berries for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Pie Crust: add the flour, butter, salt and sugar to a food processor and pulse on high speed while drizzling in the water until it becomes like a meal. Note: you may need a bit more water.
  • Transfer the dough to a clean surface dusted with flour and roll the dough out with a pin until it is 1/8 thick.
  • Form the dough to a deep 9” pie pan cutting off any excess and crimping the edges to make a ripple around the outside.
  • Add a piece of parchment paper over top of the pie crust followed up with 1 pound of dried beans and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Turn the oven down to 350°.
  • Filling: Add the eggs to a large bowl and lightly whisk. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until combined.
  • Pour the batter into a deep 9” pie pan and bake for 100 to 120 minutes or until firm in the center. After 30-35 minutes, cover the outside crust with foil so that it does not burn up.
  • Cool completely on a rack and serve with powdered sugar and fresh berries.

Nutrition

Calories: 761kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.2mg