Living in Kentucky, we have grown to excitedly anticipate the Derby season. You begin to see little hints of its coming several months beforehand and can’t help but get wrapped up in the tradition and the elegance. There’s so much history and so many incredible stories found in the horses, the jockeys, the owners and their families, Churchill Downs, even the food and drinks.
We were out of town for this particular Derby run, but I wanted to bring at least a little piece of it with us to our friends in Atlanta, so I made Derby Pie. This pie is one of my favorite parts of celebrating Derby.
This is the recipe I used and it was simple and delicious. If your oven tends to cook more quickly, I’d definitely lessen the cooking time. My crust was a bit darker then I prefer, though still tasty.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 nine-inch unbaked pie shell
Directions: Melt and cool butter. Mix sugar and flour, then add in butter and other ingredients. Pour in unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Though this pie is a tradition for the Kentucky Derby, I highly encourage you to enjoy it at any other time of year.