This delicious chocolate chess pie combines melted chocolate with the ingredients for a classic Southern chess pie consisting mainly of eggs, butter, and sugar.
Easy-to-Make Chocolate Chess Pie
This decadent chocolate chess pie tastes like it would be difficult and time-consuming to make. However, it is simple to make and will please chocolate lovers! It is a pie you might expect to find at a restaurant with a fancy dessert menu. In fact, it is on the menu at a restaurant called Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is so popular that the restaurant makes hundreds a week, selling them at its restaurant and store.
What is a Chocolate Chess Pie?
Chess Pie is traditionally made in a flour crust. It is similar to pecan pie without nuts. The filling has butter, sugar, eggs, and sometimes flour or cornmeal. It can be flavored with citrus flavors like lemon, lime, or orange for a tangy pie or chocolate, coconut, maple, pumpkin, or caramel for a decadent treat. But when you get right down to it, you can flavor it however you choose. Once I made a list of flavored chess pies and came up with 20 variations!
How Did it Get its Name?
I don’t think anyone really knows how this pie got its name. That being said, many Southern U.S. regions have stories about how chess pie got named. All the stories are within the realm of possibility, and who’s to argue with chess pie legends?
Chocolate Chess Pie Tips
Cool the Chocolate
To ensure pie-making success, let the melted chocolate and butter cool a little before adding them to the sugar and eggs, or you might end up with little cooked egg pieces in your pie. When you add the chocolate mixture, have the mixer on and let it beat the chocolate into the eggs and sugar. If you use a hand mixer, add a little chocolate to the egg mixture and mix it; then repeat until all the chocolate is added.
Cover the Crust While Baking the Pie
It is easy to over-brown the pie crust, so I suggest using a pie ring or making your own out of aluminum foil.
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