Grab your best flowery hat and a mint julep, we're off to the Kentucky Derby! Derby Pie is a storied pie perfect for Derby-Day gatherings. The recipe just might be as Kentucky-authentic as it gets. It's quick to make but rich - good thing small slivers are plenty.
Here’s a pie that has almost as many names as slices.
Confederate Pie is one. “It’s just like Kentucky Pie except swiy-ter,” it’s been said in a thick southern accent, so that’s another. One more? Jefferson Davis Pie.
A reader (hi Barb!) calls it "Back Home Pie" and her dad always said, "I don't care if it is called 'Dirty Pie', it's a good one!"
The recipe comes from my long-time real-life friend Lisa of My Own Sweet Thyme who is a Kentucky girl by birth and she got it from her Aunt Hen.
For a long time, Aunt Hen worked for the folks that got to be famous for Derby Pie. But whenever someone asked her for the recipe – and people will ask for this recipe, trust me on that – Aunt Hen carefully penned out “Brownie Pie” on the top of a 3x5 card. Check Lisa’s story about why, she calls it “Family Secrets”.
But me, I’m going with the name Derby Pie because – lucky girl that I am, some times – my hats are packed and I’m headed south for the Kentucky Derby!
This is all thanks to the folks at Pure Leaf who are bringing together a few bloggers and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons to help tell the Pure Leaf story. (More on that below.) While there, I am thrilled to finally meet Janelle from Talk of Tomatoes, a long-time favorite Seattle food blog.
Time to table: 2 hours
Serves 8 or 16 (it’s rich, thin slices are good)
- 1 unbaked pie shell
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup (62g) flour
- 1 teaspoon bourbon or vanilla
- For top of pie, several whole toasted walnuts or pecans
- To serve, whipped cream and mint leaves
Preheat oven to 375F. Arrange pastry in a pie pan and crimp the edges. Spread chocolate chips across the bottom.
In a bowl, whisk the butter and sugars together. Whisk in the eggs until completely broken up, then the remaining ingredients.
Pour into pie shell. Arrange whole walnuts or pecans on top of the pie. Bake for 35 minutes or until center becomes firm.
Let cool. If chilled, Derby Pie will cut into sharp, firm slices, otherwise the slices are slightly soft.
To serve, cut into slices, top with dollops of whipped cream and leaves of fresh mint.
YIKES Who knew? If the crust isn’t worth eating (prepared crusts, I'm talkin' to you,), cut calories and points by just eating the filling. For lower-calorie, lower-point pies, see the Weight Watchers recipes, start with 5 points (Old Points).
NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Slice, Filling Only, assuming 16/8 slices: 222/445 Calories; 13/27g Tot Fat; 6/12g Sat Fat; 41/83mg Cholesterol; 52/105mg Sodium; 23/47g Carb; 1/2g Fiber; 19/38g Sugar; 3/6g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 5/10.5 PointsPlus 6/12
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Iced Tea in the Back Yard
Once upon a time, I sat next to a guy on an airplane whose company made manhole covers. Over the next two hours, I learned more about manholes than you might ever believe, he was SO enthusiastic about the in's and out's of manhole covers. The experience taught a huge lesson: how much we can learn about any subject in the world – even manhole covers – when we spend time with an expert.
That's the big reason why I'm excited to spend time with Pure Leaf, to learn from experts. And iced tea is new for me, I've maybe bought one bottle in my whole life. Usually it's just "Drop a tea bag and water into a big jar, let it brew in the sun for a few hours". My sun tea is fresh alright, but it's also strong and "puckery" from the tannins, not always for the faint of heart.
So far, I've tasted two Pure Leaf teas, the plain unsweetened and the peach. Both are gentle and drinkable, not in the least bit astringent. I don't have much of a sweet tooth so was surprised to really like the peach tea. It doesn't taste particularly sweet although it does have 20 grams of sugar in a one-cup serving, that's 2 PointsPlus for Weight Watchers. Another surprise? I found myself wanting to sweeten the unsweetened tea, just a touch. So much for not having much of a sweet tooth ...
My grocery store only carries the unsweetened tea and the sweet teas. Pure Leaf has a sweetened tea and an "extra sweet" southern-style tea. Plus there are fruity teas, lemon, raspberry, etc., with sugar-free versions of some of those. Right now, they're "on sale" for $1 a bottle.
Today I'm making sorbet from the lemon tea, using the formula from Easy Fruit Sorbet. I'll let you know how it goes!
DISCLOSURE Pure Leaf has invited a group of other bloggers and me to attend the Kentucky Derby this weekend, all part of an effort to tell the Pure Leaf story. As always, the opinions here are my own.
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