Well, I thought it was time to take a break from veggies and I’ve been craving something sweet.  I tend to lean towards savory flavors as you can tell but my boys definitely like desserts, especially Big Sweetie.  So, I starting thinking about what I wanted to make that would be easy, distract me from the laundry and my “To Do” list.  More about those things later.  Not only did I want something easy, I wanted to make something from ingredients that I had on hand.  So, I went shopping in my pantry and mercy day, it came to me.  Chess pie!  This recipe is a Southern Classic.  You can make a regular Chess pie, coconut, chocolate or my favorite, lemon.

With ingredients in hand, I got in the kitchen.  Don’t fall over when you read how easy this is!

Lemon Chess Pie

This recipe is a Southern Classic. You can make a regular Chess pie, coconut, chocolate or my favorite, lemon.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 Tablespoon corn meal - I use finely ground white
  • 1 prepared or homemade pie crust


  • Mix all ingredients together and blend well with a whisk or fork. No electric mixer needed. 
  • Pour into a 9 inch pie crust. 
  • Bake in a slow oven at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.


Friends, I am not kidding….that’s it and boy is it good!  It’s sweet with a great crust and the lemon gives it a wonderfully fresh flavor.  So, while my pie was baking for that hour, I tried to negotiate a truce with the laundry.  We (me and the laundry) have been fighting for over a year and so far, I am losing.  I’m not sure where all the dirties come from but my new theory is that while we’re out of the house, someone comes in here, wears our clothes and leaves them dirty.  Anyway, I REALLY am trying to get a better attitude about the laundry…maybe the pie will help.
Now, if I can just work on that “To Do” list…fiddle-dee-dee…I’ll think about that tomorrow.
Counting my blessings,

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