This Kentucky bourbon pie is a southern classic, made with a creamy mix of chocolate chips and pecans. Perfect for serving during spring events like the Derby.
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About Kentucky Bourbon Pie
The Kentucky Derby is one of those southern US traditions that doesn’t get nearly as much attention in other regions, like the west or southwest. Personally, I was never lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby, but I grew up around horse tracks (thanks to my dad) and know all about the atmosphere. And, for me, a big part of that atmosphere is the food.
This Kentucky bourbon pie is just one of those classic Derby eats that help build that atmosphere, and no matter what part of the country I’m in, I always like to make it when the weather gets warm.
What is Kentucky Derby chocolate pie?
A Kentucky bourbon pie is a chocolate pie laced with nuts (typically walnuts or pecans). It originated in Prospect, Kentucky at the Melrose Inn.
Can you make Kentucky bourbon pie in advance?
Yes! This is a dessert that can be served hot or chilled, so once the Derby pie is baked, it should be refrigerated until ready to serve. The pie can last for up to four days in the refrigerator.
If you’ve refrigerated your pie and want to serve it warm, it’s easy to heat up. Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake the pie (straight from the refrigerator) for 15-20 minutes.
Can you freeze Kentucky bourbon pie?
While you can freeze this pie, the pie will change during the freezing process (and may not be as good). For example, the pie might lose some integrity in texture (ingredients will separate) and the pie crust may become soggy.
If this doesn’t bother you, then follow these instructions for freezing:
- Wrap pie tightly with plasitc wrap and aluminum foil (or just use a freezer bag).
- Pie can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.
- Thaw pie in the refrigerator overnight before eating.
Notes & tips for this chocolate pecan pie
- When baking pies, I like to buy (or make) the pie crust separately so that I can use my own pie dishes for an extra touch of character. I have a simple white pie dish similar to this one and love using it for classic desserts like this.
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How to make Kentucky Bourbon Pie
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 2 – Gently blend the ingredients together until the egg yolks are broken and the flour is mostly incorporated.
Step 3 – Remove the bowl from the mixer, then pour in chocolate chips and pecans. Use a spatula to gently fold everything together.
Step 4 – Pour the prepared pie mixture into an unbaked pie crust. If needed, use the spatula to evenly spread out the chocolate chips and pecans.
Step 5 – Bake the pie.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
Kentucky Bourbon Pie
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set up pie crust so that it’s ready to receive filling (room temperature and in the pan it will bake in).
- Remove bowl from mixer and pour in chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Use a spatula to gently fold the chips and pecans into the batter.
- Pour the pie mixture into the prepared pie crust. If needed, use a spatula to distribute the chips and pecans evenly in the pie.
- Place pie on a baking sheet. If your pie has exposed pie crust around the rim, use a few strips of aluminum foil to tent over them so that they won't burn.
- Bake pie for 50-60 minutes or until pie is set (does not move when jiggled). If you covered the pie crust with aluminum foil, remove the foil after 30 minutes, then bake for another 20-30 minutes.
- Let pie cool for at least 10 minutes. Pie can be served warm or chilled. Store pie in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.