Just so we’re clear… I’m not from Kentucky. I’ve never even been there. But I love Kentucky Derby Pie.
I was first introduced to this heavenly concoction by a neighbor, who actually is from Kentucky. Her broad, half-Samoan sons all played high school football, and to raise the money necessary to fund this activity, the sons would go door to door in the neighborhood, selling her famous homemade Kentucky Derby Pies.
They made a killing. The entire subdivision was waiting with baited breath for football season to begin. Or, I might just be assuming that, because that’s the way I felt. I gladly spent every dollar in my wallet on those pies.
Oh, and?… my pie was still warm when it was delivered!! I wish that woman would have some more football playing sons to sell me derby pies.
Oh, the heavenly aroma of chocolate chips and pecans in a flaky pie crust!
These days I have to make my own Kentucky Derby Pies. It’s actually fine, because they are pretty darn simple to make.
A word about pie crust: I make a mean pie crust. I basically just copy Emeril Lagasse’s recipe, his technique and everything. But, I am terrible at making pie look pretty. My mother-in-law is a pro, and makes it look easy, but I make it look like a 3-year-old made the pie.
And thus, I’m now kind of a fan of frozen pie crust.
Sometimes, you just have to make life easy.
The hardest part about making this pie is the hour or two you have to wait for it to cool and set up before slicing!
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 frozen pie crust
1. Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
2. Add salt and flour, and mix well. Fold in pecans and chips.
3. Pour mixture into pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
4. Let cool for 1-2 hours before slicing. Serves 6-8.
Jen Stott is a wife and mom who seeks to rule the world one dessert recipe at a time. Cat hater, chocolate lover, mess maker and eternal optimist; mother of teenagers, she self-medicates with cookies and captures the highlights on her blog, JensFavoriteCookies.com.