My Old Kentucky Home

Kentucky Derby Pie

I’ll never forget the first time I wasn’t in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. We had just moved to Denver and I was SO homesick I could barely stand it. It wasn’t that I didn’t love being in Denver, it was that I was SO far from home on Kentucky’s most exciting day of the year. We couldn’t even watch all day coverage on the Derby in Denver. We were subjected to only seeing about 30 minutes prior to the race and a few post race interviews. Blah!

So, this year I knew we weren’t going to be in Kentucky and I wanted to do something that would take the sting out of not being there. Since we always bake a Derby Pie on Derby Day, I decided that I would bake them for our neighbors as well. Giving to others always makes us feel better, right? And to top it off I could cross off #18 on my 30 in 30 list.

As I went for a walk around the block, I was trying to decide who our “neighbors” were. It was hard to narrow down, so I ended up baking 11 pies! ELEVEN! Looking back on the last few days, I was absolutely crazy for doing so many. However, Derby Pies are seriously the easiest dessert to make, so it wasn’t too bad. You just mix seven ingredients together and pour them in a pie crust. If you’re a real go-getter you can make a homemade crust, but I normally just use the good ole’ Pet-Ritz ones you buy in the freezer section.

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I always use my Mama’s recipe. I’m not sure where she got it from, but it is delicious! Some Kentuckians put bourbon in their pies, but I grew up Southern Baptist, so we never did. Hah! Of course, if you would like you can always pour a splash in before baking.

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We boxed up the pies in cute little pie boxes from BRP Box Shop and added tags with baker’s twine. Luke and I are going to deliver the pies this afternoon after his nap and just prior to the Derby. I’ll try to post pictures of my cute delivery boy with the pies tomorrow. I’m excited to meet our new neighbors and spread a little Kentucky love around our neighborhood!

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Here’s the recipe if you would like to make your own Derby Pie for tonight’s race!

Mama’s Derby Pie
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 Cup chocolate chips
1/2 Cup chopped pecans
1 9″ pie crust (not deep dish)

Mix together butter, sugar and flour. Add two eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add chocolate chips and pecans. Mix until just combined. Pour into pie crust and bake at 325 for 45 minutes.

See? SUPER easy! You could probably whip up eleven of these yourself before the Derby’s post time at 6:24pm. By the way, my Derby pick is Firing Line. I like the jockey, Gary Stevens, but what I like most are his pink and green polka dot silks!




Comments

  1. Aunt Sally says:

    I live in Conyers GA I can be a metro Atlanta neighbor. Hahaha just in case I am not home but visiting with friends on Lake Sinclair south east of Atlanta. Enjoy meeting neighbors.

  2. This looks very good!!!