Kentucky Derby Dessert: Derby Style Pecan & Chocolate Pie

One of the best things about Derby Day is the dessert. When we would go to Kentucky for the Derby, we would always make sure to go to Erhler's Dairy and get a Derby Pie. The Derby pie is trademarked by the Kern family who created it in the 50's, thus I am calling it a "Derby Style" pie. There are many recipes out there for the pie, some call it Kentucky Nut Pie, May Pie or Pegasus Pie (named for the parade during Derby week) to name a few. Regardless of what is called most of them have the following ingredients and directions. I think the official one uses cornmeal instead of flour, and Kentucky Bourbon instead of vanilla. This is so easy to make and very delicious. Think chocolate chip cookie meets pecan pie. 

Derby Style Pie Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs, Beaten
1/2 Cup Flour 
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (2 Tablespoons of Kentucky Bourbon can be substituted)
1 Cup of Chopped Pecans
1 Cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 9 Inch Pie Crust (or homemade if you prefer)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the beaten eggs, vanilla, flour and salt. Add chocolate chips and pecans. Mix well and pour in to a partially cooked pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes. 

Serve heated with vanilla ice cream.

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