Kentucky Derby Pie
This delicious Kentucky Derby Pie tastes like a chocolate chip cookie with pecans. It is half way between a Toll House Pie and a Pecan Pie. What decadence! I’m telling you this pie is so rich you can only eat a sliver of it at a time! It is one of the most fantastic pies you will EVER eat!
You can serve it with ice cream or whipped cream, but because I took it to a potluck rather than serving it at home I wasn’t able to present it with either ice cream or whipped cream. Even still, it is amazing.
I got this recipe from Patty Lane, when she worked as the multicultural language specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Texas and I worked in the Church Starting Center of the same organization. Patty had all the ministry assistants over to her home for a special occasion lunch one day and made this special pie for dessert.
Patty, by her own admission, didn’t cook as much as any of the gals in that department (we were all really good cooks!), but she put on a feed for us that day that was amazing. This wonderful pie was part of it. All of us begged her for the recipe. I have made this pie lots of times because it is just so simple and easy. You can have a pie ready for the oven in about 5 minutes! I like easy! I like quick!
Patty gave us some really good advice for making this pie. Don’t add the chocolate chips until the very last thing so you can allow the butter and other ingredients to cool down properly. If you add the chocolate chips too soon they will melt and then you lose the taste and texture you’re supposed to accomplish with this wonderful pie.
You can use a store bought pastry shell if you like, although I usually make my own. I have used either whole pecans or pieces. I like the beauty of the whole pecans better, though. If you are looking for a quick, simple, easy, and even inexpensive dessert to wow your guests, this pie will do it!
When I originally posted this recipe in December 2012, I was making the pie for a party and it got snatched up so quickly I never really got a good picture of a piece of the pie. I recently remade this recipe for another Christmas party, circa December 2014, and this time I took pictures before I took the pie to the party!
No one seemed to mind the piece of pie stuck back into the pie shell! And this pie got rave reviews again. It is extremely rich and decadent. A tiny piece will do you quite well!
I have one extra piece of advice for making this pie. When I remade the pie I had a really large deep dish (almost 12″ pie plate). I ended up having to make two batches of filling to fill the pie plate. This meant I had to cook the pie a LOT longer to get it cooked all the way through (almost a half hour).
That’s too long for the chocolate chips. They really ended up melting more than they should have. This recipe is better in a small 9″ pie plate and baked about 40-45 minutes (no longer!). That way the chocolate chips hold their texture in the pie rather than melting. It was still delicious, but the texture was gooier than it should have been. If you like gooey, then it won’t matter! 🙂
Kentucky Derby Pie is rich, decadent and amazing!
You can see the texture pretty well with all the pecans and chocolate chips. This is a very rich and dense pie.
Kentucky Derby Pie is filled with chocolate chips and pecans for a delectable pie taste. Serve it with or without ice cream or whipped topping.
This is like eating a rich Tollhouse Cookie!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Melt butter in mixing bowl. Cool about 5 minutes. This is VERY important. If you add the other ingredients to quickly the chocolate chips will melt.
Add sugar and UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add eggs, vanilla and pecans.
When mixture has cooled (feel the bottom of the bowl, if it is cool to the touch it is okay to proceed), add chocolate chips.
Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Do not beat or over mix. Notice that the chocolate chips have held their shape. If you try to hurry this process along and the mixture is still warm the chips will melt and dissolve. That is not the kind of texture you want for this pie.
Prepare an unbaked pie shell.
Place ingredients into an unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 350 about 35-40 minutes or until set for a 9″ pie. If you’re making a whopper pie like I made, it took closer to an hour and 15 minutes.
Kentucky Derby Pie is to die for. It’s a great pie to take to holiday parties.
I took this pie to a Christmas party where we had a White Elephant Exchange afterwards.
Everyone loved this pie even though it is so rich.
Here’s the recipe.
KENTUCKY DERBY PIE
(Recipe adapted from Patti Lane, when we worked together at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, TX)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (Bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips over milk-chocolate chips)
- 1 cup [url href=”http://www.fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank” title=”fisher pecans”]Fisher[/url] pecans (full halves are best)
- 1 stick [url href=”http://www.landolakes.com/” target=”_blank” title=”land o’ lakes butter”]Land O’ Lakes[/url] unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp. [url href=”http://www.mccormick.com/Spices-and-Flavors/Extracts-and-Food-Colors/Extracts/Pure-Vanilla-Extract” target=”_blank” title=”mccormick pure vanilla extract”]McCormick[/url] pure vanilla extract
- 1 [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/05/homemade-pie-crust/” target=”_blank” title=”homemade pie crust”]unbaked pie shell[/url]
- Melt butter in microwave.
- Cool about five minutes.
- Add sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and pecans.
- When mixture is no longer warm (from butter being in microwave), add chocolate chips.
- (If you add the chips too early they will melt and the pie will not turn out right).
- Pour into unbaked pie shell.
- Bake at 350° for about 40-45 minutes, until set.
- You may have to cover the crust or top of pie with foil to prevent getting too dark.
Kentucky Derby Pie is really easy to make — especially if you’re using a store bought pie shell. It only uses a few ingredients.
This is such a delicious pie! This is a quick and easy dessert pie to take to potlucks or to have with company. Everyone loves it.
If you enjoy chocolate, you’ll devour this pie!