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Kentucky "Race Day" Chocolate Pecan Pie

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"This is an incredibly easy but wonderful pie recipe to celebrate the Kentucky Derby! It is very rich, but it is great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. To speed up the process, you could use a pre-packaged pie crust, but I highly recommend making a quick and easy crust from scratch!"
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3 h 55 m servings 623
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)


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  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. Roll dough out to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place crust in the pie plate. Press evenly over the bottom and up the sides.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Beat sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, flour, bourbon, and salt and mix at very low speed for 1 minute. Be careful not to overmix or the texture could suffer. Add chocolate chips and pecans and mix at very low speed for about 30 seconds. Scrape the pie filling into the pie shell using a rubber spatula.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until set, 35 to 40 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Around Kentucky, this pie is commonly referred to as "Derby-Pie®." Because a bakery in Louisville has a copyright for the "Derby-Pie®" phrasing, any public references must be altered to avoid a potential conflict.
  • You can use a freezer to expedite the crust chilling process, but I prefer to slowly bring to perfection.
  • Substitute vanilla extract if you don't have bourbon.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 623 calories; 41.5 61.3 6.9 108 62 Full nutrition

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