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chess pie

noun, Southern Cookery.
a dessert of cornmeal, sugar, butter, egg yolks, milk, and flavorings baked in a pastry shell.
Origin of chess pie
1930-35; apparently for chest pie; chest perhaps alluding to its depth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Contemporary definitions for chess-pie

a pastry shell filled with a mix of eggs, sugar, butter, some flour or cornmeal, and various flavorings, a southern US specialty that become dense when baked with a crisp top

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possible alteration of chest's 21st Century Lexicon
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