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As the Director of Guest Relations for Dave Ramsey, I enjoy baking and sharing my favorite recipes with visitors. Recently I thought it would be fun to ask other team members to send me a recipe they love to bake. After poring over all the submissions, I decided to feature the Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe submitted by Kelly White, administrative assistant to our curriculum sales team.
The Kentucky Derby is held annually in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. A popular Kentucky Derby tradition is the Derby Pie, born nearly half a century ago as the specialty pastry of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, KY. Today it is the signature Kentucky Derby dessert, and race-track vendors will sell more than 25,000 slices on derby day. The original Derby Pie recipe is still a secret, but Kelly’s version of the recipe proves to be a real winner!
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Kelly grew up in Kentucky and got the recipe from a cookbook that was given to her great aunt when she was just a little girl. The cookbook is filled with recipes compiled by the homemakers club from the county where Kelly grew up. When Kelly’s aunt passed away, the prized cookbook was given to her.
When testing the recipe, I baked it as written below; however, Kelly’s family loves chocolate so she uses a 12-ounce package of chocolate chips instead of the 6-ounce package called for in the original recipe.
Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup pecans
6-ounce pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 pie crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, pecans, chocolate chips and melted butter. Mix and pour in your favorite homemade pie crust or a premade rolled pie crust (found in the refrigerated section). Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.
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I found this pie was delicious at room temperature and even better served warm, topped with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Martha Thompson is the Director of Guest Relations at Dave Ramsey’s office, Financial Peace Plaza. She enjoys greeting guests by offering complimentary fresh baked goodies and specialty coffee. Follow her on Twitter @marthas_place.