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      45 min

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American Baking

By Patricia Lousada

Published 1986

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Basic recipe: American Shortcrust Pastry or Shortcrust Pastry

Chess pies are a Southern speciality that go back to the eighteenth century. The most likely explanation for the name is that with their high sugar content they could be kept almost indefinitely in a chest. This pie is far less sweet than an early version would have been, but it is still quite delicious with its mixture of dates and walnuts.