Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kentucky Derby Pie

Over the past few years, I've posted several chocolate recipes that are served at Kentucky Derby Parties. I've had more than one recipe for Derby Pie, the traditional chocolate, nut, bourbon pie, but I thought I'd repost three of them all in one place.

Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pie has been served at the annual Derby Horse Race for over 50 years. It was a special recipe that was first made at the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. * Note: You can't legally call it a "Derby Pie" recipe. The name "Derby Pie" is trademarked, and the owners of the name are very aggressive protecting the name "Derby Pie."  This is not a commercial site, so I'm calling it Derby Pie, but with variations in the complete name. Similar recipes to the one above are sometimes called Brownie Pie or Tollhouse Pie, but it's really Derby Pie.There have been many modifications over the years, but the most important ingredient is Kentucky Bourbon.

Love to hear about your favorite Kentucky Derby Pie. Do you use Pecans or Walnuts? How much chocolate? What kind? How much bourbon? What kind?

1. Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

1 pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup light corn syrup
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup bourbon
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, shelled and chopped in half

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Roll crust out.
3. In large mixing bowl, on medium speed with whisk attachment, whip butter, sugars, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and bourbon together until frothy.
4. Remove bowl from mixer, and fold in chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts. Blend well.
5. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until set.
6. Serve warm or cool completely before serving with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

2. Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pie

1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar (1/2 brown/1/2 white)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
 2-4 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon (it's a matter of taste)
1 cup chopped English walnuts (you can vary this by using pecans)
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)
1 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
dash of salt
1 - 9 " deep-dish pie shell (pre-made crust or make your own)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix flour and sugar. Add eggs and melted butter; mix to combine. Stir in bourbon, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt. Pour mixture into unbaked piecrust. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Pie should be chewy but not runny. 
Another variation: don't add the chocolate chips to the mix: Arrange them on the bottom of the unbaked pie shell. Pour over chocolate chips and bake.

And, my friend Janet Appel sent her personal recipe. Leave it to someone from Kentucky to have the 'real' thing.

3. Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
(Originally called Derby Pie)

1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
4 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 cup whole pecans
½ cup chocolate chips
1-9 or 10 inch unbaked pie shell

Mix above ingredients and pour into pie shell. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until fairly firm at 350 degrees. Let cool and set up before serving. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream. Serves 6 to 8.

Note from Janet Appel: We soak the pecans in bourbon over night and use a jigger of bourbon. We still add the tablespoon of bourbon to the mixture. White corn syrup is Karo.

If you're a mystery fan, you'll want to read my list of Kentucky Derby Mysteries on my other blog, MysteryFanfare because we all know there's always murder and mayhem related to horse races.


Janet A said...

Speaking of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, that is where my Bridesmaid's luncheon was held. The Melrose was a tiny motel on HWY 42 down the road from my folks' home. Sadly it closed about 10 years ago.

The trademark is held by Ehrler's Dairy. They grabbed the name when the Melrose was still in business. Tacky and ticked off most of Louisville. Theirs is not as good as the Melrose Derby Pie.

Vera Zecevic said...

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie sounds great! I love it!