Saturday, April 26, 2008

Kentucky Race Day Pie

Derby Pie® is a well-know Kentucky pie trademarked by the Kern Company in Louisville. You can read about the history of this pie at the link provided. There are many versions of a similar recipe in most Kentucky recipe books. These pies are called Chocolate Chip Pie, Run for the Roses Pie, Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pie, Kentucky Race Day Pie and more. A version of this pie is very often served at Derby events and parties. My favorite local caterer makes this pie tart sized which is great served at afternoon tea or as a pick-up dessert at a reception. The following is my Aunt Mary's recipe for this delicious pie. Note (for my daughters who might read this) Aunt Mary did not add the optional bourbon.

Aunt Mary’s Kentucky Chocolate Chip Pie
1cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. KY bourbon, optional
3/4 cup English walnuts (I use pecans)
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Combine sugar, flour, butter, eggs and vanilla in a bowl. (Add optional bourbon.) Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Pour in an unbaked 9" pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown, about 35 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown. When it cools, it will be thick and chewy. This is a very rich pie, slice into small pieces and serve with fresh whipped cream, may garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Note added later: The above photo is from the new book "Derby Entertaining" by McClanahan Publishing, Kuttawa, KY. However, versions of the Kentucky recipes I post on this blog are found in many recipe books and personal recipe boxes in kitchens throughout Kentucky and their original sources are unknown.

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