|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 42g||54%|
|Saturated Fat 17g||85%|
|Total Carbohydrate 72g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||15%|
|Total Sugars 42g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The Kentucky Derby is the most legendary of all American thoroughbred horse races. It takes place every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. The Run for the Roses is the longest-running sporting event in the United States, dating to 1875, and immediately brings to mind traditions that have become indelibly linked to it: knockout hats for the women, a reference to the era in which it originated; mint juleps; betting; the song "My Old Kentucky Home;" a blanket of roses for the winning horse (which gave the race its alternate name), and celebrities. Perhaps one of the most beloved traditions is its bourbon chocolate walnut pie.
George Kern made up the recipe for the pie when he was the manager of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky, with the help of his parents, and it became its specialty. The name "Derby Pie" has been trademarked by the Kern family, which is extremely vigilant about unauthorized use. Their recipe is a secret, but this one is similar to the Melrose Inn's famous version, which has been a tradition at the race since the mid-1950s.
Bourbon chocolate walnut pie is similar to another iconic Southern dessert, pecan pie, but with walnuts, chocolate, and an extra kick from Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. It's also not too dissimilar from chocolate pecan pie. Serve it while you're watching what's known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports."
As for the pie? This gets close, and although that doesn't count in horse races, it more than suffices for this version of the esteemed sweet Kentucky pie. It comes together quickly, thanks to the prepared pie crust. Make sure your butter is cool before you combine it with other ingredients—otherwise it may curdle the eggs and melt the chocolate.
"The Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie was very easy to make, and baked to perfection in 45 minutes. I used a homemade crust. I also partially baked the crust to make sure the bottom wasn't soggy, and finished cooking along with the filling. The pie was great." —Diana Rattray
Gather the ingredients. Heat the oven to 350 F.
Combine the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and melted and cooled butter, and mix to combine.
Stir in the bourbon, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt.
Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is set.
Set the pie on a wire rack and let cool before slicing. Serve and enjoy.
- Serve in all its bare glory if you are a purist about tradition. Or, top with a big spoonful of whipped cream or whipped cream glammed up with chocolate chips and walnuts for garnish if you like more embellishment with your dessert.
- Add a tablespoon of bourbon to your sweetened whipped cream.
- Vanilla ice cream on top is always a good choice for any kind of pie, and the contrasting textures and flavors of chocolate walnut pie and smooth ice cream are especially delicious.
- If you prefer, you can make your own pie crust, just know that it will add time to the preparation of the pie.
- For a crisper crust, blind bake the crust first before adding the filling.
- For a Kentucky Derby Day celebration, serve the pie along with refreshing mint juleps.
- For a pecan pie version, swap out the walnuts with 1 cup of coarsely chopped pecans.
- Bake the pie in a ready-made graham cracker crust instead of a pastry crust.
How to Store and Freeze Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie
- This pie will keep well, covered, at room temperature for 4 to 5 days.
- To freeze the pie, wrap the whole pie or individual slices well in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw the pie in the refrigerator, at room temperature, in the microwave, or in a 350 F oven until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.