Recipe for Buttermilk Chess Pie


    Buttermilk Chess Pie with Southern Comfort Raspberry Sauce

    Inspired by Shirley Rooney, a local woman who was the baker at the Gage Hotel in Marathon when Grady Spears cooked there from 1992 to 1994.

    2 cups flour
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    8 tablespoonss butter (1 stick), divided into several pieces
    1/3 cup shortening, divided into several pieces
    1/4 cup ice water

    In a food processor combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and shortening. Process (or pulse) until the mixture is coarse. Add the water slowly, being careful not to over-process. Remove the dough, roll out on a floured surface, and place in a 9-inch pie pan. (You will have dough left over; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, then bake it for a snack.)

    1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon flour
    4 eggs
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon grated nutmeg (fresh-grated makes all the difference)
    8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a bowl mix all of the ingredients except the butter, then whisk it in. Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick or knife blade inserted in the center comes out clean.