This wonderfully decadent chocolate-walnut bourbon pie, affectionately known as “derby pie” is a Kentucky tradition! Very similar to pecan pie in taste and texture with the addition of chocolate chips and a good splash of bourbon, this will become a fast favorite. Whether you make it while watching the derby or save it for a holiday dessert, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Derby Pie was originally created in the 1950s by the Kern family, who ran the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. It is a pie very reminiscent in taste and texture of pecan pie – it is a rich, gooey pie made with a sugar, corn syrup, and eggs base, but instead of pecans, walnuts are used, and chocolate chips are added.
In many variations, bourbon is added because well—it’s Kentucky, after all!
- 1 1⁄4 cups chopped walnuts
- 4 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1⁄4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep-dish pie crust
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
- Spread walnuts over a cookie sheet.
- Bake pecans in preheated oven until toasted, about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Check pecans after 30 minutes. Allow walnuts to cool completely.
- Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Whisk eggs, brown sugar, light corn syrup, flour, butter, white sugar, bourbon, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth. Fold walnut pieces and chocolate chips into the egg mixture until combined; pour into prepared pie crust.
- Bake in preheated oven until pie is set, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
Recipe, Photos, and Information from AllRecipes.com, TheSpruceEats.com, and BrownEyedBaker.com
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