According to Wikipedia, “Derby pie is a pastry created in the Melrose Inn of Prospect, Kentucky, USA, by George Kern with the help of his parents. It is often associated with the Kentucky Derby.
The pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust. It is also commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky bourbon. Popular additions are butterscotch, caramel, and other types of nuts.
It is said that Kern’s Kitchen diligently guards the trademark and secret recipe, and it is known only to a small group of Kern family members and a single Kern’s Kitchen employee (who actually mixes the recipe today). That must be one trustworthy employee to be given secret recipe to guard for all time!
The company has actually filed several lawsuits over the years to protect its commercial rights. Because of this, others who make similar pies have had to alter their recipes slightly and/or use a different name (such as “Pegasus Pie”, a reference to the Pegasus Parade at the Kentucky Derby Festival and May Day Pie, in reference to the First Saturday in May, being the day of the Kentucky Derby).
We like to share healthy recipes with you but folks I just couldn’t make this pie “skinny”. I’m sure you could make some adjustments here and there to cut calories and sugar but then it just wouldn’t be as good!
This dessert is so tasty I guarantee you will have your slice finished before the first horse crosses the finish line!
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie a Derby Pie Copycat
½ cup of flour
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup of melted butter
2-4 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
1 cup of pecans
1¼ cups of chocolate chips
Salt (just a pinch)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1-9 inch deep-dish pie shell
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, sugar, eggs and melted butter.
Next combine bourbon, walnuts, vanilla and salt.
Line the bottom of the pie crust with chocolate chips.
Pour the pie filling in the pie crust.
Place the pie in the oven, and let it bake for 35-40 minutes.
Allow the pie to cool a bit, but serve it while still warm.
Top the pie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream.