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