(close kin to ‘vinegar pie’ and ‘buttermilk pie”)
From “Baked Alaska”, a cookbook of desserts I bought in Alaska. Because of the long, confining, frozen winters, communities kept their sanity by getting together for potlucks as often as possible. This is the favorite contribution of Peter Fitzmaurice, chief ranger for the Kenai Fjords National Park – 600,000 acres of glaciers, fjords, islands, whales, sea lions and nesting puffins.
The pie probably originated in England, and is very popular in the Southern US. The name might be: 1) related to Chester England, 2) in answer to ‘what’s the name of this pie’, the baker said “Oh, it’s jist pie” - that’s Southern for “just pie”, or 3) because it lasted so well in the old pie chests, it may have meant “chest pie”.
Don’t make this pie if you don’t like sweet, rich desserts – this pie is almost like a Pecan pie without the pecans. Without exception, it is the pie that’s eaten first at every gathering. One pie can actually be cut into 10 pieces, it’s that rich.