Friday, May 13, 2011

Foodie Fridays: Derby Pie

By Cocoa and Cheese

Derby Pie was created about 50 years ago at the Melrose Inn of Prospect, Kentucky, by the Kern family.  It consists of a chocolate and walnut filling flavored with Kentucky bourbon in a pastry crust, and has come to be associated with the Kentucky Derby.  The original recipe is known to only a few people at Kern Kitchens.  The name "Derby Pie" has been trademarked by the company and the right to use it is jealously guarded.  However, there are a number of recipes available with the requisite main ingredients, and they are all good!  Here is one of them:

Chocolate Walnut Bourbon Pie

1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
2 T. Kentucky bourbon
1 cpu chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 ready-made pie crust

Combine flour and sugar.  Stir in eggs and butter.  Add next 5 ingredients.  Pour into unbaked pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Cool before slicing.  Top with whipped cream, if desired.  Serves 8.

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