I spent a memorable weekend in Kentucky once.
How’s that for an opening line to pique your interest?
I was with my mama. We were roadtripping as part of the world’s longest yard sale. It was August and as hot as all get-out. My mom kept going on about the “rolling hills of Kentucky,” to the point I almost left her at the original KFC in Corbin, Ky. But I couldn’t do that to my mama.
After we’d finished our yard sale shopping, we drove for hours and couldn’t find a hotel. When we finally did, a transformer blew nearby, and we were stuck in the dark for hours.
After all that, you might think I’d boycott anything to do with the bluegrass state. (Nope, just the Kentucky Wildcats.)
I still love Kentucky, especially during horse racing season. Or as I like to think of it, Kentucky Derby Pie and mint julep time!
I only make them once a year. Though as I’m sitting here typing and sipping on an icy mint julep and contemplating a second slice of pie, I don’t know why these two delicacies aren’t on the regular menu rotation!
Because they’re both really easy to make. Simple recipes — I promise! And you know they taste good!
So let’s get down to it, shall we?
To make the Kentucky Derby pie, you’ll need butter, pecans, eggs, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, bourbon and a pie crust. (I use a frozen deep dish crust because I’m all about easy.)
Every time I make a pie, I wonder why I don’t make more. They are so simple to put together, much easier than cookies or cakes and so many other desserts.
For a pie, you pretty much just throw the ingredients together in a crust, slide it in the oven and bake.
And about an hour later (give or take a few minutes), you get this.
- 1 deep dish pie crust
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 cups pecan
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour.
- Add melted butter and stir until combined. Add eggs and bourbon and stir until fully incorporated.
- Fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into a deep dish pie pan.
- Place pie pan in the middle of a large rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, until the pie is set and the crust is light brown.
- Check on the pie as it it cooking. If the edges of the crust are browning too quickly, cover them with foil and continue baking.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool, cut and serve.
Now you understand why I couldn’t hold a grudge against Kentucky, right?
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for my recipe for a classic mint julep, just in time for the Kentucky Derby, the 141st Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.