Maple Chess Pie with Apple Topping

Maple Chess Pie with Apple Topping is a creamy pie that rounds out any from-scratch country cooking attempt.

January/February 2016

  • Maple Chess Pie With Apple Topping proves that apples and maple syrup go together wonderfully.
    Photo by Lori Dunn

Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr 30 min

Preparation Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 50 min

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

This creamy pie can be served warm or chilled.



• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
• 4 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into pieces
• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
• 4 tablespoons cold water


• 1-1⁄2 cups sugar
• 2 tablespoons cornmeal
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
• 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
• 1⁄4 cup whole milk or cream
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 4 eggs, lightly beaten


• 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 apples, quartered and sliced thin


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

To Make Crust:

2. In medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. With fork or pastry blender, cut in cold butter until coarse crumbs form. Add vinegar and water, and stir to combine. Dough should start to bind and stick together when pressed. If it doesn’t, add a little additional water, a tablespoon at a time. Avoid working the dough too much.

3. Press dough into bottom of 9-inch springform pan, and lightly prick with fork. Bake for 12 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Set aside to cool, then lightly grease sides of pan.

To Make Filling:

4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

5. In large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cornmeal, flour and salt. Add maple syrup, butter, milk, vinegar, vanilla and eggs, and mix thoroughly to combine.

6. Pour filling into cooled pie crust.

7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until center is set and top is brown and caramelized. Cool completely. Before removing sides of springform pan, run butter knife between pie and sides of pan to loosen.

To Make Topping:

8. Combine maple syrup, butter, cinnamon and vanilla in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to simmer. Add sliced apples, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until apple slices are tender.

9. Top each slice of pie with spoonful of apple topping just before serving.

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