Holiday recipe: Maker's derby pie

Maker's Derby Pie

The first of the three Thanksgiving pies that I'm going to share with you is Maker's derby pie. Since pecan pie is one of the traditional pies served at Thanksgiving, I thought a derby pie would be a nice nod to our guests coming up from Louisville. 

A derby pie is a pecan pie made with chocolate. Typically this is done by adding chocolate chips, but this recipe uses melted chocolate which gives the pie a more consistent texture and flavor. It's definitely worth taking the extra time to melt the chocolate. Also, I'm a big fan of laying pecans on top instead of stirring them in. It makes everything so much prettier, the pecans are a nicer texture, and it doesn't take much more time or effort.

Maker's Derby Pie
Maker's Derby Pie

I followed this recipe, but added about 1/4 cup of Maker's Mark to the custard just before pouring it into the crust. The addition of bourbon gave it a lovely, multi-dementional flavor. And, of course, was another not to our friendly neighbors to the south. Hello, Kentucky! Ohio loves you!

Maker's Derby Pie
Maker's Derby Pie