Thursday, August 07, 2008

this is not a derby pie

officially, derby pie was created in 1950 by the melrose inn in prospect, kentucky. the restaurant's owners were a couple named kern, and they were helped in creating this pie by a pack of children. derby pie is more or less just a pecan pie with chocolate chips and maybe a little bourbon. the name "Derby Pie" was apparently chosen because, like a variety of other quarrelsome kentucky families, they all wanted to name it something different. i guess there were too many options to flip a coin or play rock/paper/scissors, so they put all names into a hat. i have no idea what the other name options were but derby pie was the winner. since then, they've gotten a little over protective of their stuff.

this is what wiki had to say about it all:

The name "Derby Pie" is a registered trademark of Kern's Kitchen, which registered the name in 1968. The company uses the name in the form "DERBY-PIE®" in official literature and advertisements. Kern's Kitchen diligently guards the trademark and secret recipe, which is known only to a small group of Kern family members and a single Kern's Kitchen employee (who actually mixes the recipe today). The company has filed several lawsuits over the years to protect its commercial rights. Because of this, others who make similar pies have had to alter their recipes slightly and/or use a different name (such as "Pegasus Pie", a reference to the Pegasus Parade at the Kentucky Derby Festival and May Day Pie, in reference to the First Saturday in May, the day of the Kentucky Derby).

on the one hand, i get it, whether its pirating movies or making your own derby pie. you've got a business and you want to sell your whatevers and you don't want everyone else to just be able to get that whatever without having bought it from you. on the other hand, i'm stuck out here forever far away from a derby pie store. so obviously, i don't know the official derby pie recipe and if i did know it, i wouldn't share it from fear of the kern family. what i'm going to share with you is a recipe for pecan pie with chocolate chips, and maybe a little bourbon.

pecan pie with chocolate chips, and maybe a little bourbon


do what you want. make your own from scratch or buy a premade one from the store.


1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 tablespoons bourbon

beat eggs with cooled butter. add flour & sugar. beat until mixed well. stir in pecans, chocolate & bourbon. pour mixture into pie shell. bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, or until set. serve with whipped cream (i'm sure fresh whipped cream is great but i don't recall the last time i tried it. that canned stuff is right up my alley) or vanilla ice cream, or both!


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