This chocolate pecan pie is inspired by the the famous pie served in Kentucky each year for the Kentucky Derby. It’s so simple to make it’s a good choice for the holidays when you are juggling lots of other things.
Kentucky Derby Pie is a trademark pie of the Melrose Inn, in Prospect, Ky. More specifically, “Derby Pie” is the trademark name and the Kern family who came up with it have been thorough in making sure they retain copyright control over the recipe. (Derby Pie may not have the secrecy of the vault-protected Coca-cola’s recipe, but it comes pretty close.)
The winning combination of chocolate, pecans (or walnuts), and melted butter served warm with whipped cream is so tasty that hundreds of home cooks have undertaken the challenge over the years to recreate the pie that is now associated with Kentucky Derby day. You can use pecans or walnuts, but it is pecans that showcase the pie’s Southern flavors.
Also, if you serve this dessert at a Derby Party or any other time, make sure you pronounce “pie” correctly – it is “pahhh.” As in, “Would you like some fresh pahhh?” Make sure you draw out the “pahhh” until you run out of breath, kind of like a sigh of relief. (I learned this technique after sampling pahhhs across Lexington, Ky. for two decades.)
It’s also nice way to bring some chocolate into the range of holiday desserts.
Chocolate pecan pie
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup shelled pecans (or walnuts or a combination of both), chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl mix sugar and flour. Stir in eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add walnuts and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
3. Spread mixture evenly in pastry shell.
4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until set. The pie should be soft and chewy but not runny.
5. Serve warm with whipped cream.