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Four & Twenty Blackbirds' Lemon Chess Pie

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For #PieWeek, our guest editors are Emily and Melissa Elsen, the pie mavens behind Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, NY. They will be sharing recipes all week from their first cookbook, and giving away a copy each day!

Today: A winter pie that still manages to be bright and tangy.

Lemon Chess Pie on Food52

Lemon Chess has garnered a close following in our pie shop. It appears most often on the menu during the winter months, when fresh fruits are scarce on the East coast and we source from the West coast for its bounty of citrus. This tangy but rich custard is a longtime favorite of our pie shop customers. 

Lemon Chess Pie 

Serves 8 to 10 people

Zest of 1 lemon
1 2/3 cup cups of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 large eggs
2/3 cups heavy cream
7 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Gentl & Hyers

To win a copy of The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, tell us in the comments: What is your favorite winter pie? We'll pick winners at random at the end of the week! (Unfortunately, we can only ship domestically.)

Tags: lemon, pie, pie week

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Comments (116)


over 1 year ago John

I love a good Sweet Potato Pie! One that's made with lots of love!


over 1 year ago Daphne Manning

Boysenberry double crust, great color , sweet and tart


over 1 year ago Luc Paul

Apple, piled high as possible with lots of cinnamon and lemon.


over 1 year ago Nicole

Chocolate pecan! So rich and delicious


over 1 year ago maggie

Apple pie.


over 1 year ago Elisa B

Huckleberry and cream cheese with a graham cracker crust


over 1 year ago Paula Robins

Well, let's see. . . Anything Pear. No, wait. How about Kentucky Derby. No, wait.
Maybe an unusual cheesecake, but, then again, citrusy is luscious. Oh, boy. Pretty much all of them!


over 1 year ago lynne

O love anything lemon everyday of the year.


over 1 year ago Becca Ann Entenberg

Pumpkin pie!


over 1 year ago Jessica

Apple pie!


over 1 year ago Hildy kenealy

Sweet potato pie !


over 1 year ago Chris Gaugler

Black bottom shoe fly pie, the gooey-er the better!


over 1 year ago AdeleK

Apple Pie, stacked high


over 1 year ago constance

classic apple pie!


over 1 year ago Chip_Head

Pecan pie (from America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book) made with and fool-proof double-crust pie dough (uses vodka in recipe for a flakier pie crust). Time intensive but worth every minute.


over 1 year ago Tara McPherson

My granny's pecan pie -- it's a full-on nostalgia rush (or perhaps it's the sugar...)


over 1 year ago Lori Mullican

Favorite winter pie would have to be chocolate...any kind of chocolate pie will do, but a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top is a must.


over 1 year ago alme

Pear and Cranberry Tart


over 1 year ago Terri J Moore

For savory pie it's a French version of shepherds pie, for Sweet version it's gotta be buttered apples drenched in cognac and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.


over 1 year ago Blake

Growing up in the South, my favorite was pecan. Now that I live in Southern California, my favorite is actually Lemon Chess - made with local Meyer lemons. Of course, what pie isn't good?