Bake the Book: Cranberry Chess Pie

[Photograph: Steve and Anne Truppe]

For those unfamiliar with chess pie, The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie provides the recipes for several varieties as a primer. Chess pie is like a custard pie, but different, due to the inclusion of cornmeal in the filling. And this chess pie is different due to the inclusion of tart cranberries. So for those of you who can't get enough cranberries at Thanksgiving dinner, we've got a recipe that mixes them with buttermilk and orange zest, turning out a balanced pie with sweet and sour elements.

Tips: The pie filling can be made a day in advance, so if you're reading this the day before Thanksgiving, get in the kitchen! Speaking of last-minute preparations, if you are dying to make this pie and don't have buttermilk, mixing a tablespoon of vinegar into a cup of whole milk and letting it sit makes a passable substitute.

Tweaks: It's a tiny tweak, but helpful nonetheless: putting together the pie filling requires alternating dry and wet ingredients in a stand mixer. Since both dry and wet mixtures are in fairly small amounts, mix them up in cups or measuring bowls with pour spouts, which allow you to toss in a little bit of each with ease.

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Hoosier Mama Book Of Pie to give away.

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