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Coconut Lime Chess Pie + a tip on how to keep the crust flakey when baking custard pies! {Chess Pies are the Ultimate Southern Pantry Pie}

The coconut and lime in this Coconut Lime Chess Pie adds a crunchy and tangy twist to the Classic Southern Chess Pie.

Chess pies have been around for ages.  Originally the recipe called for cornmeal, which sets the pie apart from other custard pies, and a small amount of vinegar was added to cut down on the sweetness of the pie.  That is why I added lime juice to this recipe.  My husband is a big fan of custard pies, but they tend to be too rich and sweet for him, so I usually cut  down on the sugar.
The crust in custard pies tend to be soft and soggy at times after they are baked.  Here is a tip ~ Bake your crust for fifteen minutes before pouring the filling in.  This keeps the crust from absorbing a lot of the liquid from the pie filling, causing it to be tough and wet.  Instead the crust will be tender and flakey!

You cannot get more basic when it comes to baking a pie than chess pies.  Chess pies are made with four simple ingredients of eggs,  sugar, butter and flour.    In the early days of this recipe, farmers used what was on hand at the time, which may include cornmeal, vinegar or buttermilk.  You might say this pie is the ultimate Southern Pantry Pie!

Coconut Lime Chess Pie  


1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
4 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and cool to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour (in this recipe I used cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut


Preheat oven 325 degrees F.  Bake pie crust for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven; set aside.  this will create a flakey crust on the bottom.

In a medium bowl stir together eggs, butter, flour, salt, vanilla, and lime juice until completely combined.  Fold in coconut.

Pour in prepared pie crust.  Bake 50-55 minutes or until pie jiggles slightly when removed from the oven.

Cool one hour on a wire rack before serving.

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Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge


  1. Thank you for the great tips, K. Your Southern classic looks all ready for a magazine photo shoot!

  2. I've never eaten a chess pie before...but your coconut lime version looks incredible!

  3. It looks like we both had similar ideas for this fabulous baking challenge! Yours looks super yummy, I will have to give it a try :) I'm happy to have joined you for the Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  4. Looks great, Kay! I enjoyed this month's challenge :-) Thank you for sharing at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

    With A Blast

  5. This looks absolutely fabulous! I am a huge fan of anything lime & coconut - and this perfectly fits the bill. Pinning it right now. :) Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays, hope to see you next week!

  6. mmmmm :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!