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a chocolate nut pie created by George Kern of Kern's Kitchen

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A quick, easy and luscious dessert idea that will wow 'em at your next party.

  • Apr 10, 2009
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About 20 years ago my wife and I were travelling through the State of Kentucky on a cold and rainy day.   Around mid-afternoon we decided to stop for some chow at what appeared to be a chain restaurant on the interstate.  For the life of me I cannot remember the name.  In any event, we both had a sandwich and the waitress succeeded in talking both of us into trying the house specialty which was Kentucky Derby Pie.  Neither one of us had ever heard of it but it looked so yummy in the revolving display case we simply could not resist.  As I recall, it was served warm with splash of whipped cream on top.  It was positively heavenly!  The best way I can describe Kentucky Derby Pie would be pecan pie with chocolate chips.  This has got to be one of tastiest treats I have ever had!  But I must warn you it is very, very rich so for most people a small slice will suffice.
When we returned home a few days later we were still raving about Kentucky Derby Pie.  My wife decided to write to the restaurant and see ask how we might obtain the recipe.  Lo and behold about a week later my wife received a hand-written copy of the receipe from one of the employees.  Talk about southern hospitality!   Now if you go online you will see lots of different recipes for Kentucky Derby a/k/a Derby pie.  Some receipes call for butterscotch, different kinds of nuts and even Kentucky bourbon!  But as you can see this particular version of Kentucky Derby Pie is really quite easy to make and the ingredients relatively inexpensive.  So if you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary why not give this recipe a try.  I guarantee you that you won't regret it.   
Very Highly recommended!
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April 12, 2009
I'm all about regional desserts! This should be something to have with an egg cream!
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Derby pie is a pastry created in the Melrose Inn of Prospect, Kentucky, USA, by George Kern with the help of his parents. It is often associated with the Kentucky Derby.  More information about Kern's Kitchen can be found http://www.derbypie.com/.

The pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust. It is also commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky bourbon. Popular additions are butterscotch, caramel, and other types of nuts.

The name "Derby Pie" is a registered trademark of Kern's Kitchen, which registered the name in 1968. The company uses the name in the form "DERBY-PIE®" in official literature and advertisements. Kern's Kitchen diligently guards the trademark and secret recipe, which is known only to a small group of Kern family members and a single Kern's Kitchen employee (who actually mixes the recipe today). The company has filed several lawsuits over the years to protect its commercial rights. Because of this, others who make similar pies have had to alter their recipes slightly and/or use a different name (such as "Pegasus Pie", a reference to the Pegasus Parade at the Kentucky Derby Festival and May Day Pie, in reference to the First Saturday in May, the day of the Kentucky Derby).

The Derby Pie was created in 1950 by the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky as a specialty pastry. The restaurant's owners and Derby Pie creators were Walter and Leaudra Kern, who constantly ...

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