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Rhubarb Chess Pie

Chess pie, a classic Southern custard dessert, only gets sweeter with the addition of sliced fresh rhubarb. Don't forget to add a healthy scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top!

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Bake: 40 mins 375°F

Rhubarb Chess Pie

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare Pastry for Single Crust Pie. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes more or until set and dry. Meanwhile, arrange rhubarb in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake alongside the pastry for 10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Remove from oven; cool. Sprinkle rhubarb with 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar. Toss to coat. Place the rhubarb mixture in the bottom of the pre-baked pastry. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, remaining 1 cup granulated sugar, cream, butter, lemon juice, cornstarch, cornmeal, vanilla, and salt. Pour filling over the rhubarb in pastry. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is just set, covering loosely with foil the last 10 minutes of baking, if necessary to prevent overbrowning. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

From the Test Kitchen

Frozen rhubarb:

Substitute 2 cups frozen cut rhubarb (8 ounces), thawed, for the fresh rhubarb. Prepare as above.

Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea size.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.
  3. On a lightly floured surface use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
  4. Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
  5. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry even with the plate's edge. Crimp edge as desired. Do not prick pastry. Fill and bake as directed in recipes.

Nutrition Facts (Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie)

  • Per serving:
  • 191 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • ( 5 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 15 mg chol.,
  • 187 mg sodium,
  • 18 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 0 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Nutrition Facts (Rhubarb Chess Pie)

  • Per serving:
  • 600 kcal cal.,
  • 35 g fat
  • (19 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 11 g monounsatured fat),
  • 193 mg chol.,
  • 396 mg sodium,
  • 65 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 43 g sugar,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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