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Citrus Chess Pie


Chess Pies are the perfect budget dessert.

I just love the sweet and sour flavor of this pie.

Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Chess Pies are considered budget desserts because they are made from what's on hand. I initially wanted to make a Pineapple Chess Pie, but I had no crushed pineapple. I substituted canned citrus salad (white and pink grapefruit slices along with orange slices in a light syrup) for the pineapple. It turned-out to be a very tasty budget dessert.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 (15 ounce) can citrus salad, crushed and very well drained
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • whipped cream, optional
  • 1-9 inch unbaked pie shell


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. With a fork, polk holes in empty pie shell. Pre-bake pie shell for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Turn oven down to 350 degrees F. Combine sugar and butter. Add eggs and flour. Beat well. Beat in citrus. Pour filling into pie crust. Place pie on lined cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Loosely cover pie with a foot square aluminum foil to keep it from overbrowning. Bake for 5 or more minutes or until center doesn't move very much. Cool completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream. Makes 1-9 inch pie.
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