It’s Derby Time. There are so many traditions associated with The Kentucky Derby (bucket list item) and a lot involves food and drink. Remember my Classic Mint Julep, well now I’m sharing my favorite Derby Pie just in time for Derby Week.
I started making this about 35 years ago from a recipe book from the Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, AR from a sweet lady named Pate Hart. I’ve made a few changes over the year, so I hope you will try this out for the Derby, or with a few hints, it is great to serve any time.
Full disclosure here – I hate making pie crust. I love baking, but that’s just one of those things I choose to purchase. Some brands are better than others, but make sure if you buy a frozen one, get the deep dish kind.
Cracking on top is normal after it cools.
- PIE INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup sugar
- 4T cornstarch
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1 Tablespoon Chattanooga Whiskey or (Bourbon or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped pecans, not too fine
- 1 9" unbaked pie crust
- WHIPPED TOPPING INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 4 Tablespoons instant cocoa mix
- 1 teaspoon Chattanooga Whiskey or vanilla
- PIE DIRECTIONS
- Melt butter and set aside
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine sugar and cornstarch in medium mixing bowl
- Add eggs until thoroughly combined
- Add cooled butter and flavoring
- Stir in by hand, chips and nuts
- Pour into uncooked pie crust
- Bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned and slightly puffy
- Remove from oven and cool completely
- WHIPPED TOPPING INSTRUCTIONS
- Whip cream until frothy
- Add sugar, cocoa and vanilla
- Whip until stiff
- Spread this onto cooled pie
- Refrigerate finished pie
- When you make one of these pies, double the recipe.
- Freeze the second one to serve later. Or share with a friend.
- Do not add your whipped topping now.
- After cooling, wrap in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil.
- To defrost - set on countertop for a couple of hours before serving.
- Add your whipped topping and serve.
- Using frozen pie crust in an aluminum pan makes this easy.
- The amount of sugar and cocoa can be adjusted to your taste
Do you watch The Kentucky Derby? I can only remember a few times I haven’t watched. One of these days I will be there, big hat and all. Have you been?
What’s your favorite pie? If you try this, it may become your favorite.