That Horse Race Pie

That Horse Race Pie
Staff Writer

Fred Thompson

"That horse race" is the Kentucky Derby, and this pie is a tradition for Derby Day parties. Can’t call it a Derby Pie, though, because a bakery in Louisville gets real upset. This pie is too good for just one day. The chocolate, bourbon, and nuts just blend to perfection. It travels well, making it great for potlucks and family reunions. Make this pie often."

— Fred Thompson

Ingredients

  • refrigerated pie crust for a single-crust pie, or one of your own
  • large eggs
  • 1/2  Cup  plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Cup  semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2  Cup  chopped pecans or walnuts, or a mix of both, toasted
  • 3  Tablespoons  Kentucky bourbon
  • 1  Cup  whipping cream
  • 1  Teaspoon  pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Place the pie crust in a 9-inch (not deep-dish) pie plate.

Beat the eggs, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, and the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the butter and flour and continue beating until smooth. By hand, stir in the chocolate chips, nuts, and bourbon.

Pour into the pie crust. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is brown. (A toothpick inserted will not be clean when removed but will be just not quite wet, similar to brownies.) Let cool on a rack.

Beat the cream with the remaining 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and the vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. Serve with the warm pie.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
31%
Sugar
33g
37%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
70g
54%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
47µg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
198mg
20%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
211µg
53%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
118mg
17%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
349mg
23%
Water
38g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Pie Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Pie Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.