A simple southern pie that no one can resist! Chess Pie is a spring classic, perfect for serving with fresh fruit and light roast coffee.
I cannot… absolutely cannot, resist a good piece of pie.
Whether it’s a cream pie, a fruit pie, or a chocolate pie, the combination of crisp buttery crust and sweet decadent filling is more than I can bear.
Back in the 90’s, when I used to pay attention to calories, I would eat the fruit filling out of the pie, then pick at the buttery crust trying to determine how much damage I’d done. Thank goodness I’m over that!
At this stage in life, I’m a firm believer in eating clean more often than not. Yet when it’s time to splurge… either go big, or go home.
Chess Pie is a supreme example of rustic southern decadence. It’s composed of a rich creamy custard filling and a sturdy high-edged pie crust.
I like my chess pie filling with a touch of nutmeg and citrus zest to balance the sweet density.
And I like my chess pie crust to be a little sturdier and flakier than most pie crusts, so it doesn’t crack when you lift it out of the pie pan, but offers serious texture.
This sort of crust is accomplished by folding cold dough, rolling it down, and folding it again to create flaky layers.
Also notice the paper thin crust that forms on the top of the chess pie filling. It’s slightly cracked and offers that little extra something that takes this pie over the edge.
Chess Pie is a fabulous spring dessert because it goes well with fresh sliced fruit, berries, tea, and light roast coffees.
Starbucks newest blonde light roast coffees are a perfect pairing to chess pie. Their bright delicate flavors scream spring and elevate the appeal of simple desserts.
I like offering my guests single serve coffee options from my Keurig® Special Edition Brewing System, because it allows them to choose whichever Starbucks Coffee they fancy.
Together, the pie and coffee remind me of two old friends that always prefer each other. The light nutty Starbucks Blonde Bright Sky Blend complements the touch of nutmeg in my chess pie recipe, bringing the flavors of both the pie and coffee to the forefront. Neither one outshines the other.
What a luxurious way to prefer your friends this spring, by offering them Classic Chess Pie and blonde roast coffee!
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