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 App├ętit 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.


  1. I hate to think of renaming this tradition in our family, but just looking at the photos calls me to bake one. Let's just name it Delicious (at the least the D is still there)!

  2. I am not anonymous, it's MiMi

  3. I enjoyed reading the history behind the tastey looking treat!

  4. Wow that sounds really easy! Who knew a pie could be so controversial!

  5. I know!! I read a book about pies and the Derby Pie had to have a TM by it every time. Talk about a killjoy!

  6. How hilarious! I am loving my dessert education - including the history and controversy....but most of all the delicious treats. It's added to the list...

  7. P.S. Love Soho's new outfit!

  8. that looks so good and so easy! maybe i'll make one soon. I made no bake cookies the other day, you should write about those sometime.

  9. Yum! Derby Pie or not - I will be making this!

  10. A double delicious pie that must not be named for those of us who can't get enough of it. Try doubling the filling recipe and using a deep dish pie, just extend baking 55 to 60 minutes, now that's a pie too good to have a name, I have made 2 in 4 days. OK I did give 2 pieces away, but the rest was a delight. You can cut thinner slices because of the depth if you are feeling guilty...



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