This Orange Chess Pie is a twist on the classic Lemon Chess Pie, a perfect tartly sweet Southern creation of eggs, sugar, butter, and a little bit of flour and cornmeal that tantalizes the taste buds with its unique flavor and texture.
I’ve been making a Lemon Chess Pie all my life. And it took an ever-growing pile of oranges from my tree to realize that I could easily make it an Orange Chess Pie.
Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t done this before. I think it’s because it was one of the first pies I ever learned how to make from my Nana.
Sometimes when an adult, especially a grandparent, teaches you how to do something, it becomes almost a ritual. Something bad could happen if you change it up a little. Which is silly but shows just how much you respect and admire them.
Now that I think about it, I would love experimenting with this pie even more. What if I added some different spices or infused the butter with rosemary or other herbs? But maybe another time, breaking with tradition starts small first.
Guest Post for Kankana of Playful Cooking
When Kankana from Playful Cooking asked if I could do a guest post over on her blog, I had just finished taking pictures of this Orange Chess Pie. And I was unsure if it would be the perfect post to share. But one of the reasons I love reading anything Kankana writes is that there is always a story behind her recipes.
Reading about the meals her mom cooked when she was little or the food she grew up with always makes me feel warm and happy. Because it reminds me of all the loved ones in my life who continue to influence my baking and cooking.
Every time I begin making the pie crust, mixing the filling, and smelling the fresh sugary aroma of the pie baking, I remember my younger self watching my Nana making this pie and teaching me.
It’s also fitting that I’m sharing the recipe over on Playful Cooking because it carries on the teaching tradition. Outside of classic apple pie, I’ve taught a few of my friends how to make a chess pie because they like it so much.
If you’d also like to learn how to make this Orange Chess Pie, head over to her blog to see the recipe. And if you’ve never been over to her blog Playful Cooking, you’re in for a real treat.