Being from Ky. I just automatically thought everyone knew what transparent pie, burgoo, Ale-8 and hot browns were. The biggest difference between a classic chess pie and a transparent pie is the addition of cream to the latter. Chess pie will also sometimes have vinegar added, to cut the sweetness, but I don’t think it makes a difference (except to add a little extra wang). Chess pie is basically cheesecake pie. I’ve seen chess pie with meringue, too, which should not (in my opinion) go on transparent pie.
Friendly Note: People in Ky. may call meringue – ‘Calf slobbers!’ Oh my, you never know about Ky. slang.
Actor George Clooney, a native of Augusta, Kentucky, not only travels to Maysville, Ky to purchase transparent tarts and pies, but he also has brought them to share at movie sets and television studios. Now, who doesn’t love George or Rosemary Clooney?
Be warned, this dessert is wonderfully rich like you won’t believe. Eat it anyway. It’s also a blessedly simple recipe that you can make as a quick pie or as tarts. I prefer it to be served warm with that great cup of coffee. Cold leftovers with a cold glass of milk are other’s choice. Either way you chose – Enjoy a Kentucky favorite!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup cream
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 unbaked (9-inch) pie shell
- Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add cream, and mix well. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour and vanilla. Pour into pie shell.
- Bake at 375 degrees F. for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Note:Pie will rise in oven almost like a cake then sink when removed to cool. Don’t be alarmed!