A friend shared that her family used to love Jefferson Davis’s favorite chess pie, which is in the family cookbook they called Granny Ward’s Chess pie because she is the one who made it the most. But my friend Guin assured us that it was originally a Jefferson Davis fave.
Another friend, Daphne observed that the story is interesting because this is how recipes get passed down in the South. For a while it was a Davis family favorite, and now it belongs to the next generation. That’s family life. That’s the South. That’s how good food becomes itself hospitable. .
Here’s the recipe:
Jefferson Davis Chess Pie (aka as Granny Ward’s Chess Pie)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup cream or Pet milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Mix sugar and flour. Add beaten eggs. Add cream and vanilla and mix well. Pour into uncooked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Eat it while humming “Dixie.” Serve with black coffee and a splash of Kentucky bourbon.
I am going to try it for the next occasion, as soon as I am rid of all these Christmas “goodies”. Aren’t you? Thanks, Daphne and Guin for sharing.