Chocolate Pecan Pie
This Chocolate Pecan Pie is a twist on an iconic Derby Day indulgence. No ordinary pecan pie recipe since adding chocolate chips & bourbon kick it up a notch!
A Kentucky Derby Pie is traditionally made with walnuts, but you’ll get no complaints whether you dish up my version for one of the Triple Crown races or save it for a family gathering.
Why You’ll Love this Dixie Pie
- Whether you use walnuts or pecans, this may be the most decadent and delicious pie you’ll ever bake!
- If you adore a pecan pie, just imagine a version with chocolate chips in the filling. Sold yet?
- If you’re having a Derby party, this is perfect for your menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Kentucky Derby Pie?
Derby pie is the trademarked name of a pie that’s associated with the Kentucky Derby, the first of 3 horse races that make up the Triple Crown. The recipe was developed by George Kern in 1950 to serve in his family’s restaurant, the Melrose Inn, located in Kentucky.
What's in a Derby Pie Recipe?
A traditional Derby Pie is made of walnuts, chocolate chips, corn syrup, granulated white and brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, flour, bourbon, vanilla, and salt, all mixed together and baked in a pastry crust.
How Do You Store a Chocolate Pecan Pie?
You can store your Derby Pie at room temperature for up to 5 days. After that, wrap airtight and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
What Do You Serve with a Derby Pie?
Serve your Derby Pie at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream. For the full Kentucky Derby experience, stock your bar with ingredients to make mint juleps!
Tips for Making a Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
- PRO-Tip: Bourbon, like any alcohol used in cooking, is a flavor enhancer. Kentucky bourbon is always preferred, but any decent bourbon will do! Feel free to omit it if that’s your preference.
- As I’ve mentioned, this is a super-rich, highly caloric dessert. Even though the standard pie serves 8, you can easily cut much smaller slices. Folks can always have seconds!
- If you’d like a true Derby pie, substitute walnuts for the pecans. And don’t skip the bourbon!
- PRO-Tip: Toast your nuts before chopping. Toasting brings out their natural, essential oils helping to enhance their flavor and texture. Just watch carefully so they don’t burn.
- Toasting whole pecans will take about 10 minutes in a 350° oven, checking and stirring every 3-4 minutes. They can also be toasted over medium heat in a nongreased saute pan. Again, watch carefully, and stir occasionally. You will know they’re done when you smell a nutty aroma and there’s a subtle darkening of their color.
- Serve each slice with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream. Garnish the whipped cream with a half pecan, and chocolate shavings or chocolate chips if desired. If you want to go the extra mile, add a touch of bourbon to the whipping cream, along with some vanilla extract to make an ultra-delicious topping.
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- One homemade or storebought pie crust, unbaked
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons bourbon, Kentucky if available
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Sweetend whipped cream, pecan halves and/or chocolate shavings to garnish if desirec
- Preheat your oven to 325°.
- Fit the rolled-out pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Crimp the edges.
- Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips over the bottom of the crust and set aside.
- In a saucepan, whisk together the corn syrup, sugar, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and whisk frequently until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
- In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, flour, bourbon, and vanilla.
- While whisking continuously, drizzle about 1/2 cup of the hot syrup mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk until incorporated.
- Whisk in the rest of the hot syrup and mix until smooth.
- Pour the filling over the pecans and chocolate chips.
- Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until the edges are set, but the center still jiggles when you nudge the pie plate.
- Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
- Serve slices of pie with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and garnish with a pecan half, chocolate chips, or curls.
May substitute walnuts for a traditional Derby Pie recipe.
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Serving Size:I slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 665Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 4gSugar: 70gProtein: 8g
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