Coconut Chess Pie recipe ties together the best ingredients for a sweet dessert. If you have had the pleasure of Chess Pie, I don’t need to introduce this delicious concoction. What is Chess Pie? An old recipe that has lasted through the years. Your guests will enjoy this simple recipe.
In the event you serve Chess Pie, someone inevitably will ask about the origin of the dish and name. Even today, I am unsure of the origin based on my research. The name has a bit of mystery behind it. I was unable to find one definitive answer about the name . Internet search yielded several reasons ranging from the following:
Corruption of word cheese
Ingredients stored in pantry or chest
Sugar content meant pie could be stored in chest in lieu of refrigerator
Southern cook accent referring to “Jes’ pie”
My favorite version is the southern “Jes Pie”. Lord knows at times some people may have trouble understanding our Southern accent. The Chess Pie recipe is attributed to different regional locations. No matter the origination, it is a delicious and easy to make recipe.
Why make a Coconut Chess Pie?
I have served Chess Pie as a standard offering when I entertain for many reasons.
The ingredients are always in my pantry
Inexpensive to make
Quickly mixes by hand in one bowl
Bakes in 30 minutes
Cools quickly and is easy to transport
Magically it will always disappear
The Chess Pie is a favorite of my friend Jazz-Girl. I hope that she will like this Coconut Chess Pie recipe as well. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks Talk About Good published originally 1969 by Jr League of Lafayette, Inc. Talk About Good is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Buy one for yourself or as a gift, the money supports a great cause.
In conclusion, Coconut Chess Pie is a great addition for any holiday table. Prepare ahead and served as needed. Pour a hot cup of chicory coffee and I am a happy girl. I may need to have a slice now.
Alexa, Shout out to Darius Rucker “Southern State of Mind”.Darius sings “You can take the guy out of the south, but in my heart I’m always there”