I can't believe I've never shared this recipe with you before because it's one of my favorites, but I've done a thorough search of this site and can find it neither here nor there.
It's a Kentucky Derby Pie... if you're not familiar with it's wonderfulness, you should know that it's sort of like a pecan pie -- and if you're not a fan of that particular pie, stay with me, wait for it... you take a perfectly good pecan pie and swirl in chocolate and bourbon.
It's brilliant. And in case you're wondering about my choice of photos -- I haven't made the pie yet and so I couldn't show it to you in living color. That comes in my flurry of mad baking and roasting and casserole-making tomorrow. But when I think of derby pie I think of chocolate and so the photo is of one of my favorite flowers, the elusive and beautiful chocolate lily. Well, I also think of whiskey but as far as I know, there's no whiskey flower.
The derby pie would be good for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. I'm making it tomorrow for the big feast and let's face it, we'll probably have it for Christmas too.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'm having dinner at my house but my mom is making the turkey and stuffing and gravy and bringing it over. And speaking of that turkey... I tried to buy one from that farm. Surely you know the one I'm talking about? The one that has suddenly become way more famous than any turkey farm should. You know the one I'm talking about? And this was way before the media hullabaloo. Seems like every time I go to the post office, that turkey farmer is in line behind me, mailing a cardboard box of chicks to some far-flung locale in our fair state. I hear the cheep-cheep-cheep in line behind me and I think Turkey Guy! Then I wait for others in line to stop their small-town small-talk and wonder what the heck all that cheeping is about.
So I thought a locally-grown, all-natural turkey sounded like just the thing to grace my table but I faxed, I called, he called, I called, and in the end it just didn't happen. Maybe next year.
My calendar tells me that tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving but also a new moon. That sound so lovely to me. A day for giving thanks. A new moon. Good food. What could be better?
I'll tell you what could be better -- one of these:
Kentucky Derby Pie
Makes one pie
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c light corn syrup
3T brown sugar
3 T butter, softened
1 t vanilla
1/8 t salt
1/2 c pecans, chopped fine plus:
1 1/2 c pecan halves
1/3 c bourbon
6 oz. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together first 7 ingredients. Add chopped pecans and bourbon.
Place piecrust in pie plate and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Pour filling over the chips.
Gently press pecan halves in a decorative pattern on the top of the pie filling.
Bake for one hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the pie comes out clean.