Jeff Davis Pie

Preparation info

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Appears in

Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

I have been told (and have serious doubts) that Jefferson Davis was familiar with this confection named in his honor as president of the Confederate States during the Civil War. There are many versions of this dish and I think this is one of the best.


  • Pastry for two 9-inch pies (opposite)
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • cups sugar
  • ¼ pound butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line two 9-inch pie plates with the pastry and flute the rims.
  • In a bowl, mix together the egg yolks, flour, half-and-half, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks and fold into the yolk mixture thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture, not more than ¾ inch deep, into the uncooked pie crusts and bake 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 to 40 minutes, preferably in the center of the oven. When done, the filling should be crystalline, not gummy.
  • Serve cold, cut into thin slices.