Thursday, May 01, 2014

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day with Derby Pie

Derby Pie... this time made with a graham cracker crust
Saturday is the "Race for the Roses" in Louisville!  My mother's people come from that part of Kentucky so I at least give it a nod of the hat so to speak each year.  One way is to make this long time family favorite called Derby Pie.

A friend gave me this recipe when Stephanie was a baby.  I know the original recipe is a secret but this pie looks a lot like pictures of the original (which also contains a shot of bourbon, which I do not add).

It is a favorite to take to picnics and potlucks and such... it travels well and I prefer it at room temperature or even cold.   But it can be served warm with ice cream.

Kentucky Derby Pie (a family favorite since the 1970s)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. sugar (I prefer brown sugar)
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • Pinch of salt (hmmm..1/8th teaspoon?)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 C. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 - 1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts (I have made it without nuts)
  • 1 unbaked pie shell (regular pie shell or graham cracker crust, I've used both over the years).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together butter, sugar, and eggs until well blended, add vanilla. Add flour and salt, mix. Add chocolate chips and chopped nuts (if you're using nuts) . There is no leavening in this pie.

Place mixture in unbaked pie shell and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.  Let cool for awhile before cutting into slices.

6 comments:

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

Yummy- Thanks for sharing - might have to make it this week end!
Have a great day! Lisa :o)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks and sounds delicious! Two of my favorite ingredients--chocolate and nuts. With Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, wouldn't that send our blood sugar sky high. . .I would say "eat a piece for me. . . but please don't. I don't want to tempt you to a sugar overload.
Blessings, Sharon D.

Vee said...

Thanks! Had to pin that to my pie board. It looks delicious.

Keri said...

This lifelong Louisvillian thinks it's wonderful that you honor your mother's side of the family by making this decadent treat! My cousin makes the best one I've ever tasted, so I gave up trying to beat hers a long time ago...I just look forward to those occasions when she brings it to a gathering. :-)

Kathy said...

Yum! I made the pie yesterday, and it is delicious. Easy to make too.
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

kimberly said...

Yum!!