Saturday, March 1, 2008

You're not supposed to call it Derby Pie

If I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be Kentucky Derby Pie. It's like a little slice of Heaven on Earth, ya'll! 'Specially when it's still warm and you add a scoop of ice cream!

This pie was created in Kentucky over 40 years ago for the Prospect Inn in Melrose Kentucky. The family who created this deliciousness trademarked the name "Derby-Pie". So if you use my recipe, call it Kentucky Pie or Chocolate Nut Pie or Heavenly Deliciousness in a Pie Tin. Just don't call it Derby Pie...wouldn't want to cause a lawsuit! You can read more about the authentic Derby Pie here.

Various versions of the recipe can be found all over the Bluegrass. The one at Patti's 1880's Settlement is one of my favorites(next to the original, of course).

Mom & me, enjoying the "Chocolate Pecan Pie" at Patti's.

This summer, I put together a cookbook and asked my friends and family to share recipes. Knowing how much I love this stuff, my dear friend Stacy came through for me with this recipe called "KENTUCKY PIE".

½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 frozen 9-inch pie shell

Combine sugar, brown sugar and flour in bowl; mix well. Add eggs,
butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. Pour
into frozen pie shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm with
whipped cream. Yield: 8 servings.

This recipe calls for walnuts, but I used pecans instead. Sadly, I was out of both ice cream and whipped cream but somehow I found the inner strength to go ahead and eat it! Yummmmy!

Now if you are the lazy type when it comes to pie baking or you just want to try out the real deal, you can have an authentic Derby Pie delivered right to your door at A Taste of Kentucky.


Nicole said...

You're making me hungry for my favorite "Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie". A received the recipe from a coworker many years ago and make it whenever possible, which isn't very often since DH doesn't eat pecans. Thanks for sharing the Kentucky Pie recipe.

Anonymous said...

What a great photo. Looks like your fighting for it.....LOL !!!

Anonymous said...

Dang, that looks GOOD! I actually drooled a little bit just now.