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 Must Make
- 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.
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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