Friday, May 2, 2008
The Pie That Must Not Be Named
This Saturday marks the 134th Kentucky Derby. If you think you don't care, just remember, the event is about much more than horses. For me, the draw is all the classic southernness, ranging from mint juleps to wild hats. There's also a pie associated with the event ...a very controversial pie.
You see, I was raised on what has always been referred to in my family as Derby Pie, but apparently we have been eating dangerously close to the edge. The name Derby Pie is trademarked by Kern's Kitchen, the company/family who created the "secret" recipe. No one else, not even Bon Appétit magazine who lost a court battle to Kern's Kitchen, is authorized to label a recipe as Derby Pie.
Today, there are all sorts of variations of the dessert, some with walnuts, some with pecans, some with bourbon, some with butterscotch. Whatever you want to call it, this pie is simple, deadly sweet and ooey-gooey good. It's best served warm with a glass of milk or next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate and Pecan (Not Derby) Pie
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar (combine flour with sugar)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust and bake for 40-45 minutes.