Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I Ate My Homework!

I learned in one of my professional development trainings this week that children from poverty stricken households have a cumulative vocabulary of less than 500 words by age three, while children from professional families have vocabularies on average of 1100 words (insert APA or MLA citation for Hart & Risley here).
I guess since I have reached adulthood and I am a professional my vocabulary is pretty adequate. That being said, I should have the words to describe the pie that is called Brown Sugar Chess Pie.  But my vocabulary fails me.
Since I've been unable to assign homework in nearly a month I'm assigning the first ever homework assignment for A Girl, A Granny & A Goal. (Don't start grumbling because this will probably be the only time you are encouraged to eat your homework!)
1. Read the recipe
2. Make the pie.
3. Leave a comment describing the pie in 5 words or less.

Granny actually uses a recipe for this one (mainly because she doesn't make this pie nearly as often as she should).  
Granny has some of the best recipes on this old (very old) legal pad!
 Here's her recipe for the ________________ Brown Sugar Chess Pie:
    (fill in the blank)
CLICK HERE for a printable version of Granny's Brown Sugar Chess Pie.


1 unbaked pie shell
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. meal
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. vanilla

 To make the pie:
Mix all ingredients well. [Granny mixes all the dry ingredients before adding the wets, but I didn't do this when I made the pie and it turned out fine.]
Dry ingredients.
All ingredients mixed together.
 Pour combined ingredients into an unbaked pie crust [we use a store bought crust].

 Bake for 45 minutes at 325°.
Tip: I sometimes use foil to cover my crust so it doesn't overcook.  Yes, I just gave a tip like I'm some sort of expert....let me be the first to say I'm far from it!

If the directions are followed this pie will disappear quickly and the homework assignment will be easy to complete. 
Serve as is or with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream to kick it up a notch.

 Good Luck!


  1. Lucky for me I usually get to reap the benefits of the Girl and her Granny's labor. There are no complaints from me, I certainly enjoyed the dishes that has been before me. Most of the time I don't wait for an invite, I just dive right in; those fried peach pies are one of my favorites. Well now that I think about it, most of what Granny cooks is my favorite!

  2. Brown sugar chess pie sounds so delicious!

    1. It is good! You should definitely try it.


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