59 comments

  1. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

    My oh my oh my oh my oh my! :) Sorry, I had to. How darling are these! What a genius combination of flavors– I love both chamomile and thyme (probably my #1 go-to herb)…they just sound so melodic and tranquil together. Can you believe I’ve never had chess pie? Why is it called that? And I am excited to hear all about your wonderful news! :) Have a great day!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Haha, I don’t think it’s that common outside the South! And I actually don’t know why it’s called chess pie (and it seems no one really does) — there are a bunch of theories :) but it’s a nifty name, isn’t it? I love everything about it. Thanks so much, Steph!!! :)

  2. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    You’re moving to Atlanta.. that’s the big news isn’t it? LOL You already know I love these little beauties.. I mean chess pie was like every other Sunday after church.. Love the flavors of these.. Chamomile is so soothing.. Can’t wait to try.

  3. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    i was just thinking about chess pie the other day, specifically KY Horseracing pie, aka chocolate chess pie, that dw makes. he’s the pie guy in our relationship and i think i will request that he make it miniature like these, cus we don’t need full size sweets in our house.

    • says:

      March 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Right? Neither do we! It inevitably ends in a stomachache or stale desserts. No good. And mmmmm chocolate chess!!! That’s next on my list 6:

  4. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I just made my first ever chess pie on Pi Day! (3/14.) A lemon chess pie. I was worried the 1 Tbsp of cornmeal it called for would be too gritty so I used tamale masa instead and it turned out great! I doubt I’ll ever (be allowed to) invest in mini pie tins along with all my other ones, but your pies look adorable and I’m intrigued by the chamomile infusion!

    • says:

      March 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Ooooh what an awesome substitution! It’s funny about the cornmeal isn’t it? I was surprised to see it too but it really melts into the pie somehow. I bet your lemon chess was de-licious!

  5. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    love it! this pie looks so inviting, and I love the fact that it is called chess pie! (I like the game and got excited to know if it was related!) and yay! news! love it! :) xx

  6. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The combo. Wow! You know, we Italians are a bit too stuck up on our own things and nobody would ever dream of combining these kind of flavors. This all sounds incredibly interesting to me. I don’t make/have pie often, but next time it has got to be this one.

    I am so happy I got to discover so many cool flavors in NY. My favorite combos were probably from Victory Garden, and this makes me think of that place a lot!

    Now, I don’t know what is causing you to be so happy, but YAY HAPPINESS! :D I swear I was smiling reading the whole post!

    Can’t wait to know what it is. Great job on this post!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Haha! It’s funny, probably the only reason I can come up with flavor combos like these is (well, first, because I’m inspired by folks like you who are way more creative than I am, and) because I have so little experience with them and don’t know the rules. It’s been so fun isolating each and really familiarizing myself with their flavors!

      Also, you’ve definitely just introduced me to Victory Garden! Checking them out now … yay for new discoveries!

      Finally, you’re so sweet and I’m so touched by your kind words, Valentina! Once you find out the news you’ll probably think it’s silly I kept it so vague, but I wanted to figure out an appropriate food homage, as is our way as bloggers, right? ;) Thank you so much, kind friend!

  7. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    OH MY GOD YOU ARE SO CREATIVE. As you saw on my insta :) I just made mini cakes the other day and it just reminded me how TOTALLY AWESOME small batch baked goods are!! Like on one hand, I’m like “should I really turn on the oven for these tiny things” and “if I’m going to cream butter, I might as well make the whole freaking pie” but then again, I’ve seen so many recipes for chess pie and have been like “oh hell no there’s no way I’m making something with 4 cups of butter + 10 cups of sugar.” In comparison, small batch chess pie almost looks like health food! …no? Anyone?

    If I made these, they would not last more than 10 minutes. And Erik would have to hide his to stop me from stealing half. As always, GORGEOUS photography <3 <3 <3 You amaze me!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      HAHA! That’s exactly why I love small batch baking — I’m so scared of huge portions that I’ll never be able to finish! And then the pantry will be empty and sad. Um, but I’m SO excited to see those mini cakes up on a post????? That photo was BEYOND. I can’t wait :)

  8. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Such a great weekend project – I love the herbs to dress up the chess pie. I was just in the South but didn’t eat any pie – and I was there for Pi(e) Day – such a fail.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      You know, I didn’t eat nearly enough pie when I lived down South either! Hope you at least got something delicious while in my neighborhood — all else aside, we gots some good eats. ;)

  9. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I am so happy for your mysterious happy news :) And um, someone please get this girl a cookbook deal because I totally need a small batch baking cookbook! I love, love, love that you mini-fy everything!!

  10. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Lovely! I’ve never heard of chess pie before, but I can get onboard with any custard-based dessert! And I’m fantastizing about that chamomile-thyme combo… crap, late-afternoon snack craving coming on hard. (I’ve been working my way through granola, but a mini pie sounds so much better!!)

    And you didn’t get engaged, did you?!?! Is that a really far off guess? (I guess you probably wouldn’t keep it so hush-hush if you did). Whatever the case, congrats lady!!

  11. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    to your, “oh my word” i say, “bless your heart, dear” another southern saying i hear whenever i visit my in-laws in north carolina!

    cute pies, girl – never had a chess pie, but the miniature-ness of them is quite enticing :) looking forward to hearing your news!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      HAHA yes!! Oh boy, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve heard that one, but it rings so clear in my mind when you say that. And thank you, lovie <3 I will never cease to be amazed by how wonderful and supportive everyone is, it’s just nuts in the best way. Thank you for everything!

  12. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    (per your FB) “chamomile tea…. in the shape of pie”
    oh my… I am intrigued.
    First of all, I hope you feel better by now. Anyway, this pie makes me want to curl up after eating it. Today is a good day for a great pie recipe. :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I do, thank you! :):) And I so agree — this recipe is comfort food upon comfort food. Hope you like it if you try it :)

  13. says:

    March 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Hurrah for exciting times! And for pie to calm us down after all that excitement. Love love love the chomomile/thyme flavour combination – so unique and so delicious. Plus the photos are, as ever, totally stunning.

  14. says:

    March 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve never made or eaten chess pie before but looking at your beautiful photos, I want to gobble all of these up myself! I love the combo of chamomile and thyme you used. I’m a big fan of herbs in baking. I’ve been wanting to use lavender but haven’t gotten around to buying any. Ok, girl, I’m dying to hear about your big news! I’m gonna email you now and try to pry it out of you ;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I’m absolutely with you on lavender, Nancy!! I wanted to try it so badly in shortbread earlier but I couldn’t find any culinary lavender in the stores I checked. Maybe soon. And ahaha I loved your email! (And that ended up being super easy, didn’t it!)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      It’s a favorite pie of mine! And thank you so much for your sweet words, Cate :) you’ll laugh when you read the news, it’s so funny that I’m being vague about it. But I just have to find the right food for it, you know? (#bloggerproblems)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      They really are very humble! One of the main theories is that “chess pie” comes from “just pie” — a regular old pie with nothing fancy about them :) and yet still so tasty!

  15. says:

    March 21, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I love this, and the story behind the name ‘chess pie’. Never heard of it, but it really sounds like my kind of pie – infused with chamomile no less! It looks like an earl grey or darjeeling infusion would work well too…(can you tell I’m going through a tea phase?) :-)
    And…can’t wait to hear your news – content and dazed news must be good news.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Oh my gosh, me too!!! I have never met a tea-infused thing I didn’t like. Darjeeling sounds soooo good. <3 Thank you so much for your kind words!

  16. says:

    March 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Oh my word, is right! I can literally taste this right now. The combination of the heavy cream with chamomile, cornmeal, thyme…Chamomile is one of my favorite things, and to incorporate the taste into a sweet/savory pie is my idea of a good time! Plus, these are so cute, and them being individual sized will prevent me from eating the entire full-sized pie. Also, can we talk about your happy whirlwind?!? I’m sitting here suuuupper happy for you just because you’re happy! haha! I know it’s something great because you deserve it, so I can’t wait to hear about it! :D Also, gorgeous photos! xo

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