The origin of the name, Chess Pie, isn't known - but Wikipedia has some theories. No matter where the name comes from, it is a delicious custardy pie that you can bake for game night.
I like to start with my favorite pie crust - Hot Water Crust . I like that it's easy and you only need a few ingredients.
Here is my pastry dough ready to be rolled out.
Remember to always butter your pie plate and dust with some flour for easy removal of pie pieces!
This is the crust about to go into the oven to pre-bake. I pricked it with a fork so the dough doesn't bubble up.
This is the chess pie recipe that I used. It's one of those old timey pies, sometimes called desperation or hard times desserts, because they use everyday kitchen staples to make them.
Here's the filling about to go into the oven.
It's done and dusted with some powdered sugar!
The taste of this pie is custard-like with a hint of egg flavor. What makes it great for game night is the crust, which is stable enough to be picked up and eaten with your hands, though you can certainly use a fork too.
What are some of your favorite things to make for game nights?