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We now turn to our culinary news desk for a bake-off. And oh boy: they’re making Kentucky Derby Pie, which gives you crunchy nuts, gooey chocolate and crumbly buttery crust in every bite. Whether you are watching the Kentucky Derby – this Saturday! – or just looking for a delicious and easy dessert recipe, this tasty piece of Southern tradition is for you.

Homemade Kentucky Derby Pie

Derby-Pie® chocolate nut pie was originally created by Walter, Leaudra and son George Kern as their signature dessert for The Melrose Inn restaurant just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The restaurant was known for its Derby parties back then, but only its pie lives on – still perfectly handcrafted by Kern’s Kitchen. No wonder, because Kern’s trademarked top-secret recipe is one for the ages.

You can order the original Derby-Pie® when visiting Kentucky and Kern's Kitchen, but for our European followers it’s good to know that it’s also incredibly easy to bake your own version. We used pecans instead of the traditional walnuts, because that’s how we roll!

The preparations took us no more than 30 minutes, including making the pie crust. Enjoy!


1 stick (115 g) butter, melted

1/2 cup (90 g) dark brown sugar

1/2 cup (90 g) granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

2 tablespoons (30 ml) Kentucky bourbon (optional)

1/2 cup (65 g) all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon (2,5 g) salt

1 cup (160 g) chocolate chips

1 cup (150 g) pecan halves, plus additional for garnish

1 deep dish unbaked pie crust – fresh or freezer


Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C degrees. Place pie crust on a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl combine all the sugars and melted butter.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract (plus the bourbon if using) and stir well.

Stir in the flour and salt, then fold in the pecans and all the chocolate chips.

Pour into pie shell and add additional pecan halves/chopped pecans for decoration.

Bake for approximately one hour or until the middle is just set. Watch the crust: if it gets too dark, cover it with some aluminum foil.

Allow to cool on a rack 15 minutes before slicing and serving with a good scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!

Do you know what will go well with Derby Pie? A Mint Julep

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