Fridays from Home

A Pie for Derby

Being a native Kentuckian means that around this time of year I get a little homesick.  Louisville is a great town all of the time, but the couple of weeks leading up to the first Saturday in May can only be described as “electric.”  There may be a time when I can go home for Derby week, but our life just doesn’t allow for it at the moment.

So, I just have to settle with trying to recreate some of my family’s Derby traditions here in Chicago.  The most quintessential dish of Derby Day (aside from a mint julep) is this pie.  I can’t go so far as calling it a “Derby Pie” because that name was trademarked by the inn that claims to have invented it.  But, it is a pie that is often enjoyed in Kentucky during the Derby festival.  I’ve never been able to think up a name that quite fits as a substitute, so it will remain unnamed for now.

Essentially it is a pecan pie (some people use chopped walnuts too) with the addition of chocolates and bourbon.  It can be served either room temperature, warm with a little whipped cream, or cold.  My favorite is actually as a Morning After Derby breakfast treat straight from the fridge.

With the extra dough, my 3 year-old made his first mini strawberry pie!

A pie for Derby


  • 1 single, unbaked pie crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white Karo syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup halved pecans
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon


  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Gradually add beaten eggs, syrup, salt and vanilla
  3. Add chocolate, nuts and bourbon
  4. Mix well and pour into crust
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes
This entry was published on April 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm. It’s filed under Recipes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “A Pie for Derby

  1. Katie on said:

    Thanks for posting, Katie. You let everyone in on the very best pie I have ever tasted.

  2. Oh I get homesick too around Derby every year! This looks delicious!!

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