Let me tell you about the most delicious pie ever: Kentucky Derby Pie! The official name and recipe is actually trade marked and super secret, so I’m sharing my own version with you here.
If you don’t know about the Kentucky Derby, it’s this awesome horse race that’s full of history and tradition. The event is surrounded by parties, delicious food and drinks (including this pie!), and women wearing the most incredible hats!
My mom’s from Louisville, Kentucky (where the Derby is held!), so her and my Grandma used to make this for me ALL the time. It’s mandatory to have this at least on Derby weekend, but we would make it for most holidays too. FYI, the Derby this year is on Saturday, May 6th, and you can find out more about the race and events here.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 frozen ready made pie crust
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons bourbon*
*If you don’t want to use bourbon, you can substitute with vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans / walnuts**
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup flour
**Some recipes call for pecans, some for walnuts. I used walnuts because that’s what I had, but both versions are delicious! You can either chop them or keep them in halves, depending on preference.
Preheat oven to 325F (165C). Mix together melted butter and sugar, then add in the eggs and bourbon. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients. Pour pie mixture into crust and bake for 45-55 minutes. Let cool before serving.
Side note: This pie is really tasty served chilled or warm. My favorite thing is to freeze a few slices. When I’m ready to eat one, I let it defrost on the counter for about 10 minutes and eat it in a semi-frozen state. It’s delicious!!
Have you ever tried a version of Kentucky Derby Pie? What’s the favorite dish or dessert in your family? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!