Today is the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs--"the greatest two minutes in sports!" and right after I come home from a knitting class, I'll be in front of the television to view it (on my DVR). I will also remember Kelly's first Derby that she celebrated after moving to Kentucky. They were having a few people over and she was baking a special type of pecan pie infused with Kentucky bourbon and chocolate for dessert. The Derby Pie is a registered trademark by The Melrose Inn, who first developed it and I'm particularly careful not to infringe upon their name or their recipe that has been kept a secret since 1968. So, I've come up with a name synonymous with my love of flowers and the glorious blanket of roses that is draped on the horse that wins--Race for the Roses Pie.
|Kelly and Matt's Kentucky boy, Ari in his "silks" getting ready for a race at Keeneland in Lexington, KY|
Race for the Roses Pie
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Vanilla powder (optional)
2 T Kentucky Bourbon
2 T unsalted butter, melted
1 cup Bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup Pecan halves
1 - 9" pie crust (you can use my recipe for Perfect Pie Dough or your favorite)
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Roll out pie dough and fit into a 9-inch pie plate, flute edges.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with a wire whisk. Add the sugar, Karo syrup, vanilla and bourbon and whisk again to incorporate. Stir in the melted butter, then, add the chocolate chips and pecans.
Pour into the prepared pie shell. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and set. If the edges start to darken, place a crust shield over it. (You can also cover with strips of aluminum foil).
Let cool completely. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top to serve.
Classic Mint Julep
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Place these ingredients into a small sauce pan, stir to combine and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a med/low and place a lid over the pan. Cook about 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, pick about 1 cup of mint leaves from the garden. Wash thoroughly and dry.
Place leaves in the bottom of a large mason jar and "muddle" them by using the handle of a wooden spoon or a tart tamper. Add the simple syrup to the mint and seal. Refrigerate 10 to 12 hours or even overnight.
Fill a julep glass or silver cup (about 6 to 8 ounces) with crushed ice
Add 1 T of the "minty" simple syrup to the glass
Add 1 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
Garnish with a mint leaf (if desired) and serve.
Sans the big hat, I'm going to enjoy this Kentucky Derby with a wonderful dessert and julep on my sofa, but wishing I was in Kentucky with family and friends cheering on the winning horse. By the way, this pie is so good, I think "I'll Have Another!" Enjoy!