Pineapple Coconut Chess Pie

The beginning of Thanksgiving week is the start of the parade of sweets at our home. It seems endless, as our good neighbors and friends gift us with the most decadent sweets. We indulge, until there are sores on our tongues and we’ve gain five pounds. By the time the new year comes we can’t even look at our picked over sweets let alone eat them. Knowing our pie critics might have the same “sweet aversion” made choosing a pie challenging.

This pie reminded of some distant place, with warm sand and palm trees blowing in the wind. Not the cold, snowy weather we are currently experiencing. Ease of making the pie was high on my list too. Not that I didn’t have the time but my family and I were still in sloth mode and it was hard to kick the habit.


Many people believe the origin of the name chess pie came from the term “pie chest”, another name for a pie safe (found out more about pie safes in equipage).pie-safe

Chess pies are a Southern specialty that has a simple filling of eggs, sugar, butter, and a small amount of flour. What sets chess pie apart from many other custard pies is the addition of cornmeal, which helps to create a thicker consistency. Flavorings, such as vanilla, lemon, maple, coconut or chocolate are also added to vary the basic recipe.


1 deep dish pie pan                                                                                     Preheat oven to 350o F

*1 single pie crust                                                                                        Bake: 60-65 mins.

1 stick melted butter

1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar

1 tbsp cornmeal

4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup coconut

1 ( 20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in own juice,  drained

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  • Stir in butter, pineapple, coconut and flour.
  • Beat together sugar, cornmeal, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Pour into pie crust.
  • The pie might jiggle a little in the middle but the custard will continue to cook after you take it out of the oven.
  •  If you don’t want your pie crust to get brown around the edges, after 40 mins. you can cover the edge with foil or a pie shield.

*If the pie recipe does not require a “speciality crust” my secret is a pie crust made by Krusteaz. Yes, the cat is out of the bag…..I cheat and use a box pie crust. It makes the most delicious flaky crust and my friends always for my recipe. Not only that, but it is so easy. From box to pie pan is less than five minutes. Most stores sell this product on the baking/flour aisle, but you have to look for it high and low and sometimes behind post.


Pie ~ One of the simple pleasures of life.



About Tammy

Blogging was not around the first 30 years of my life. Back in the old days, blogging review about something. Usually the person writing this review was a professional in their field. Since than blogging has changed how we share and learn information. Today bloggers are not necessarily professionals. They are usually ordinary people which want to share what they were impressed by or that have changed their lives. With trepidation I consulted my friends about being a blogger. Their first question was invariably, why? At first, I could not articulate why. Finally, I realize it was three events that happened to me within a month that led me to create this project. Please indulge me, and follow my train of thought as I attempt to connect the dots.create your own world. We've created a set of roleplaying First, over the summer I participated in a role play site. Within this site, there are hundreds of plots you can write for. Once you choose a plot you create a character profile. Then with other writers you collaborate on a storyline that supports the plot. I love this process. Not only did my writing improve, but fills a void I have when I’m not writing. Unfortunately, the story lines never last long enough and I’m left wanting more to write. Secondly, my husband believes we live on this vast farm. Through the years he has cultivate an enormous dwarf orchard which provides not only enough produce for us but also for ALL our neighbors, friends and family. The reality is we live on a normal size lot in the middle of a city. Nevertheless, we pick buckets and buckets of pears, cherries, apples, kiwis, plums and figs. Sadly, when I make pies from our abundance the only people around to eat it….is us. We honestly do not need the extra calories so I considered not baking any more pies. Than this project developed where I could share my pies. Thirdly, for the 3rd or 4th time I’ve watched the movie “Julie and Julia”. I have always marvel at how Julie makes herself this challenge of cooking every recipe (524 to be exact) from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking." cook book all in one year. No matter her obstacles she preservers. For years I have secretly admired Julie. I’ve often wish I had the courage to do what she did. So because I don’t have enough to do in my life. Why not start a blog about something? After bouncing what seem like a million ideas I came up with this crazy project. A blog about pies. Tammy’s Pie Lab Sigh…… so my blog is about pies, pies and more pies. Here are my plans. I have picked the most unusually dessert pies I can find. As you can see this is not just a blog but also an experiment. I am going to cook one pie every week for a year. I have eight pie tasters that will critique each pie. To prevent any preconceived notions of how the pie should taste. I will withhold the pie’s name until after it is critique. Then I will post the history, the recipe, and the critiques of the pie. In addition, there will be some experiments, countless websites to explore and everything you wanted to know about pies and more.
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6 Responses to Pineapple Coconut Chess Pie

  1. debbie dallas says:

    Where are the pie of pie.?? sliced pie on plate??


  2. Nichetta Matter says:

    How did the first pie come out?


  3. Debbie Dallas says:

    Yummy .how did it taste ?how much do will you gain eating all my pies?trick


    • Tammy says:

      Please read the critiques for how the critics rated the pie. My plan is to work out more so I won’t gain any weight. Thanks for viewing Tammy’s Pie Lab!


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