My roommate made a special request for this pie for his birthday party this weekend. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take a picture before it was ravaged, so he snapped this photo during the post-party triage. The recipe is from The Angus Barn, a popular restaurant in the Raleigh area which has been recognized as one of the nation’s top fine dining steakhouses. They’ve also been recognized for having one of the most outstanding and extensive wine lists in the world, but you have to eat at a picnic table when you go there.
Chess pie is a traditional Southern dessert which neither of us had ever heard of before moving to North Carolina. The origin of the name name is unknown, but there is definitely no connection to the game of chess. There are several theories as to where the name came from, ranging from absurd to plausible. Here’s the one we like best: Some theorize that the name traces back to England, where the dessert perhaps evolved from a similar cheese tart, in which the archaic “cheese” was used to describe pies of the same consistency even without that particular ingredient present in the recipe.
Chocolate Chess Pie
Source: The Angus Barn
1 unbaked pie crust
1 stick of unsalted butter
2 squares bakers chocolate (semi-sweet)
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
Melt butter and chocolate. Mix with other ingredients, which have been blended together. Pour into a regular pie
shell and bake 35 minutes (no Longer) at 350 degrees F. Top with whipped cream.