There are some things that just scream summertime to me in Tennessee. Local farmers setting up booths on the side of the road selling produce, the sudden influx of activities outdoors like family movie nights on the lawn, and, of course, the oppressive humidity. Every year about this time I start dreaming of frozen yogurt, fresh strawberries, and chess pie. Most of you may think of chess pie as a holiday treat, especially here in the South around Thanksgiving. And depending on where you are in the South, you’ll probably find different types of chess pie like chocolate or pecan. I, on the other hand, think of it as a summer treat and like it as uncomplicated as possible. I like my chess pie served cold because I think it’s sweeter that way instead of the room temperature you often find chess pie at. It’s probably just a taste preference thing but room temperature chess pie is just… wrong.
To me a perfect afternoon snack is a cup of coffee – yes, even in this heat – with a slice of chess pie. Here’s my family’s recipe: