Friday, May 6, 2011

Derby Pie

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It’s Oaks Day, dear ones. That’s the day before the Kentucky Derby, when the fillies race for the lilies, the ladies dress nicely and wear fancy hats, and even the men-folk get cleaned up in their best duds. Well that’s true, but not so much at our house. We usually spend the day at home planting things in the dirt and cooking yummy stuff to eat. Somehow, that works for me. Must admit, I am a bit jealous of my friends who are lucky enough to be at Churchill Downs today.

So, with the flowers planted and the herbs tucked into their bed in front of the house, I’ve been busy baking Derby Pie.

Derby Pie. Imagine a big chocolate chip cookie, with pecans, and gooeyness, and pie crust. That’s Derby Pie. And it’s easy. Here we go!

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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup pecans, chopped
6 oz chocolate chips… but let’s be honest here, I don’t measure. I just pour. 
1 teaspoon vanilla


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This is almost too easy. Combine your sugar, flour and eggs. Then, add the melted butter.

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Now for the pecans, chocolate chips and vanilla. Mix it up and pour it into an unbaked pie shell.

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Not unlike cookie dough, is it?

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Bake at 325 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, until brown.

These pies are going to the Mother/Daughter Banquet with me, so I can’t cut one to show you. Just trust me, these are very, very wonderful pies. The chocolate chips and pecans kind of settle to the bottom of the pie. It’s best with a big glass of milk or some strong, dark coffee.

So get busy and get the pie ready so you can eat it while watching the Derby coverage on TV tomorrow.

And girls, if you are there at the Derby or the Oaks… I’m eating my pie, all by myself. Can’t wait to see your pictures on Facebook. :)


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  1. we are making our Derby Pie today! Best pie EVER

  2. Looks delicious! Guess I'll have to make my own pie since you won't share with me;)

    I hope one day you get to experience the Derby. It's so much fun to be there with the excitement and see all the pretty hats. I recommend having actual seats though. It's very crowded and you can only see the track if you have seats.

  3. @Shannon... Technically, we have been to Derby. Somehow the mad rush into the infield just isn't the same as dressing up in heels, a dress, and a pretty hat like you did. ;) I'd love to dress up and go anywhere at this point. :)


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