Festive Cranberry Chess Pie
While the English and the South may fight over who invented Chess Pie, this recipe is a new take on the traditional lemon curd pie. In traditional Chess Pies, buttermilk is the main ingredient, but this recipe is adjusted, and festive cranberries are added for a celebratory and indulgent holiday treat.
Cook time: 1hr 30min
Total: 1hr 45min
1, 9-inch pie crust, pre-baked, (homemade or store-bought)
12 ounces cranberries, fresh or frozen (used fresh for nutrient analysis)
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoon fine-ground cornmeal
1 tablespoon unbleached flour
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Powdered sugar (Optional, not included in nutritional analysis)
9 or 10-inch pie pan
Zester or grater
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place prebaked pie crust on a baking sheet.
- Heat cranberries in a dry medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Shake pan occasionally to distribute heat, until some of the cranberries just begin to split and burst, about 6 to 8 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Drain excess liquid.
- Transfer cranberries into a large bowl and cool.
- Combine sugar and salt into a separate large bowl. Add lemon zest and work into the sugar salt mixture.
- Whisk in cornmeal and flour, mix thoroughly.
- Add eggs and whisk until well combined.
- Add cream, melted butter, vanilla, and lemon juice.
- Whisk vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes until well combined and no lumps remain.
- Fold cranberries into mixture with a spatula. Smooth any lumps.
- Mix just until cranberries are evenly distributed throughout custard.
- Pour mixture into the pie crust. Spread to distribute cranberries evenly.
- Bake pie until slightly golden brown and set, for about 45 to 60 minutes.
- Remove pie from the oven and cool.
- Chill pie in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.
- Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired, before serving.