The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Even if you’ve never watched a horse race before, the Derby is the perfect excuse to make this pie. I made two of them over the weekend. They didn’t last 24 hours.
I can’t officially call this Derby Pie, as it’s known locally, because that name has a copyright. The original recipe is carefully guarded, but many versions exist. The original calls for English walnuts and chocolate chips.
The recipe I’m sharing here was given to me by a friend. I’ve never had the original Derby Pie, but I don’t see how it could taste any better than this version.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup butter (the real deal), melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla (or 3 Tbs. bourbon) – I used 1 Tbs. coffee liqueur in one of the pies
3/4 cup nuts (I used pecans, the original calls for English walnuts)
3/4 cup chocolate chips
pie shell, unbaked
Put the pie shell in a shallow pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients in the order given. Pour into the pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I made one pie with vanilla extract and one with coffee liqueur. We all liked the pie with the liqueur better. There was no taste of coffee, just a deeper flavor. A bit more decadent. How can that be a bad thing?