Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SnowPie2K16 - 11

My husband had a friend in college who had diabetes. He had an insulin pump and loved his "external pancreas" but didn't really take care of it... for example, he loved (LOVED) chess cake. For those not familiar with chess cake, it's basically a little bit of flour, a little bit of lemon, some eggs, and a big bag of powdered sugar... This roommate would make the cake, crank up his pancreas, and go to town. 

Not to chase you off, but this week's pie is Chess Pie. A first cousin to Chess Cake. This recipe has a lot (A LOT) less sugar than the cake version, but if you're on a diet you might want to move on. There's really not a great way to make this one healthier. This is a "I-had-a-bad-day-and-desperately-need-comforting-food-in-the-form-of-lemony-sugary-pie" pie.

Plus I live in the South, this is a standard. Down here people eat Pecan, Pumpkin, Buttermilk and Chess pies. I'm pretty sure that's it. 

LEMONY CHESS PIE (adapted from about 3 different recipes to make it as yummy and healthy as possible...

1 - 9 inch pie crust
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
5 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cornmeal
1/4 cup lemon juice
grated rind of 3 lemons

Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs, then milk. Mix in flour, cornmeal, lemon juice and rind. Pour into crust and bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. 

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