Browned Butter Orange-Scented Strawberry Chess Pie!

It’s been a spell since I dropped by (remember, I’m the world’s slowest blogger!) but I have so many new adventures and easy DEElish recipes to share, so  I’m just going to have to do something about that.  Since our last visit, I have been doing a little writing and recipe creation for Carolina Country Magazine. This fun monthly publication goes out to all members of electric CoOps across North Carolina. Between their magazine and web page, there is a really b.i.g. number of eyeballs (well, pairs of them I suppose) that see it each month…. over 1.5 million!  That is a l.o.t. of people!  For their April travel issue, I wrote about good places to eat in each of our 3 North Carolina regions and shared a recipe from each of them.  They were…

Ed’s in Goldsboro who shared a fresh Strawberry Salsa served on fish tacos! 

Everything Under The Bun in Asheboro who shared their Banana Pudding Cake! (OMG!

Old Hampton Store in Linville who shared one of their many cornbread contest winning recipes!  

I won’t go into all the fun and tasty details here but just click over and read about them if you’d like… all great places to visit!

Strawberry Salsa on Fish Tacos @
Ed’s in Goldsboro






Banana Pudding Cake @ Everything Under The Bun Asheboro, NC
A cornbread contest winner from Old Hampton Store in Linville, NC

So, back to Carolina Country!

The magazine printed my Snow Cream recipe years ago and recently invited me to create recipes for the May (and upcoming) issue. Since the issue is sent out smack dab in the middle of strawberry season, it was only fitting I do something with juicy sweet North Carolina berries.   Those that have been around here a while know I feature goodies from local farms whenever possible and I love doing new twists on old southern favorites. This recipe fits that to a tee and I hope you will try it and let me know what you think… the good, the bad and the ugly!  Just come on back to this post after you do and add a “comment” for others to see.

Now run along and visit one of your local strawberry farmers to get some fresh berries for this pie and just to nibble on too.  And if you are a CoOp member in North Carolina, be sure to find me in your monthly magazine. And if so inclined and you like what you see from me, it’ll be ok with me if you drop them a note to let them know how fabulous you think I am and what took them so long to have some Wendy recipes!  (Hee! Hee!) 

This recipe created for and published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2017
Food propping/styling and photography © (copyrighted) by 
Wendy Perry.
Carolina Country Magazine Contributing Recipes Editor

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Orange-Scented Browned Butter & Buttermilk Strawberry Chess Pie

We do love our chess pies here in the south and have our favorite recipes, oftentimes passed down from our mothers and grandmothers. It’s hard to improve on tradition, but I surely tried… by adding browned butter AND strawberries… and just a hint of orange too! I cut back on the sugar just a bit. This classic pie is so easy to make and is a fun one to get aspiring little chefs in the kitchen to help you with.
Course: Brunch, Dessert, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: Southern Desserts
Keyword: browned butter, chess pie, cream pie, got to be nc, strawberries
Servings: 6



  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, room temp.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  • 1 stick butter
  • cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn meal
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
  • about 1½ cups sliced strawberries, about 1/2” thick slices
  • whipped cream, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Place pie crust into 9” pie dish pressing sides to adhere to dish. Prick several times with a fork. With fingers, mix 2 tablespoons sugar with the orange zest. Scatter over bottom of the pie crust and gently push into the dough. Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce heat to 350.

Browned Butter: Heat butter over medium heat in a heavy bottomed skillet or saucepan, whisking and watching closely as it melts. Continue heating for about 6-7 minutes until butter smells toasty and has turned golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Combine 1 ½ cups sugar with the corn meal and salt. Stir together the browned butter, buttermilk and juice. Add this wet mixture to the sugar mixture and fold to combine. Stir in the eggs.
  • Scatter the pie crust with sliced strawberries. Gently ladle egg mixture over the berries. Bake about 50-60 minutes, until filling is set. Chill. Serve as is or with a dollop of whipped cream!


If edge of crust is getting too brown, shield edges or tent pie with foil.

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