With the Preakness only days away, we’re can’t help but think about the Triple Crown of horse racing and what better dessert to serve up than a warm Chocolate, Bourbon and Pecan concoction similar to the Kentucky Bourbon Derby Pie!
The “Derby Pie” was the creation of Melrose Inn owners Walter and Leaudra Kern in 1950 in Prospect Kentucky and is often associated to the Kentucky Derby. Their son assisted and the name was actually chosen by pulling various name ideas out of a hat. In 1969, the Kern family trademarked the name “Derby Pie” and by 2008 had sued to protect this copyright more than 20 times.
The Kern’s Kitchen’s recipe is top secret, only known to a small group of family members and one employee. Because of the lawsuits, others who make similar pies have had to rename them and alter the recipe slightly. The “Derby Pie” is also known as the Pegasus Pie, a reference to the Pegasus Parade at the Kentucky Derby Festival and as the May Day Pie, in reference to the first Saturday in May.
Traditionally the pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust. It is also commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky bourbon, although butterscotch, caramel, and other types of nuts are common additions. In our recipe, we use Shelly’s “secret” all butter crust and opt for Calabaut chocolate chips, pecans and of course, Kentucky Bourbon.
The best way to describe this confectionary concoction is to say, “it’s like eating a chocolate chip, pecan cookie in a pie form” and “it is absolutely fabulous served warm with or without vanilla ice cream”. You don’t have to wait for the Kentucky Derby to enjoy this delicious dessert, it’s the perfect dessert any day of the year!
Single Pie Crust * we use our secret all butter crust
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 to 4 tablespoons bourbon
1/4 cup corn starch
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits