March 16, 2009

3.14159265 Day



While hundreds of budding engineers and scientists were reciting the millions of digits of Pi on Saturday, 3/14 (aka Pi Day), I hosted my own little "Pie Day" Celebration and baked a Lemon Chess Pie with the help of my sister who was visiting for the weekend.

No one really knows the origins behind the name “Chess Pie” and there is no other way to describe this pie other than by saying that it tastes like a like a cross between crème brulee, lemon meringue pie and egg custard pie. No wonder this is reportedly one of Bill Clinton’s favorites.....it’s one heck of a ménage trios!

Lemon Chess Pie

1 (9-inch)refrigerated pie shell (or make your own)
1½ cups sugar
½ cup butter (one stick), softened
5 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350. 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 zest. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell and bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, until the pie is set in the center and the top of pie is slightly-browned. Let the pie cool before slicing it.

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