Classic Lemon Chess Pie

  • Yield: 8 servings


6 egg yolks
1cup sugar
1cup whipping cream
2teaspoons cornmeal
1/4cup fresh lemon juice
1/2cup melted butter
1 1/2tablespoons flour
1 unbaked (10-inch) pie shell


  1. Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a mixer bowl until thick and pale yellow.  Add the whipping cream, cornmeal and lemon juice and mix well.  Stir in the butter and flour.  Spoon into the pie shell.  Bake at 300F for 30 minutes or until the center is set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Chill, covered, until serving time.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Wilmington’s Seaboard to Sideboard (the Junior League of Wilmington, North Carolina, 1998).