|Kevin & Amanda's Chess Squares|
Last week however, I started on a cooking binge and the first thing on the clip board to try were these chess squares. I read the blog that posted the recipe and realized they were reminiscent to her of another recipe. I thought they sounded (and looked) like something I used to have at my grandmas. So the sleuth in me kicked in, and a hunting I went, trying to find the progression on the variations of this recipe and ultimately, the origins.
|Nieman Marcus Buttermilk Pie|
|Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake|
I then found the Paula Deen "Gooey Butter Cake recipe" - which is no different than all the other recipes for Chess Squares out there, but she called it Butter Cake - so then I went on the Butter Cake search.
That led me to a blog that described what this particular writer thought to be the origin - A German Bakery mistake in St. Louis.
Yes, St. Louis claims to have been place of origin for the Gooey Butter Cake, the mistake of some German-American Baker. But lets get picky here.
|Traditional English Chess Pie|
|Original St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake|
So to break it down:
Chess Squares have evolved from Chess Pie.
Nieman Marcus Bars or another name for Chess Squares got their name more than likely from it's
Paula Deans Gooey Butter Cake are Chess Squares/Pie and NOT Missouri's Gooey Butter Cake.
The real Gooey Butter Cake has evolved from Butterkuchen or German Butter Cake and is more like a pound cake.
Have we got this all cleared up now?
What we do know - They ALL are really yummy! The batch I made - disappeared in less than 10 minutes!
We have provided the easy recipe below, just for your library!
EASY CHESS SQUARES:
|My version of Chess Squares|
8 oz of cream cheese, softened
4 c Powdered Sugar - sifted
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan (I prefer a glass pan for this recipe). Mix cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg. It will form a soft dough. Press the dough into the prepared pan.
Mix the sifted powdered sugar (this will make for a very smooth custard), softened cream cheese (make sure it is plenty soft) and 2 eggs until smooth and creamy.
Pour the sugar/egg/cream cheese mix on top of the cake dough mix. Bake at 300 degrees for 40-50 minutes. The mix will be light and bubbly. Do not overcook. You want a creamy gooey center!
PRINTABLE CHESS SQUARES RECIPE