Derby week is here y'all! While the rest of the country is preparing for Cinco de Mayo, or at least that's what it seems like from Pinterest, here in the Bluegrass we're gearing up for the most exciting two minutes in sports. The first Saturday in May is always one of my favorite.
While it's exciting to watch the horses run, I cannot lie about the true reason I love the Derby. It's the celebrities. I know it's lame but the teenage girl in me seriously freaks about about all these people coming to my home state and actually wanting to be here. They aren't here to perform or because they're getting paid to be here (OK. Some of them are). They're here because it's prestigious and they want to be seen. For Pete's sake, the Queen of England came to the derby once. How crazy is that? One thing I missed while not living here was the all day derby coverage that our local NBC affiliate carries. I will sit on my couch, stuff my face with this pie and watch television ALL day. Yes, I'm serious.
I've never been to the derby. I actually don't have any desire to go. Unless I'm sitting on Millionaires Row and I'm dressed in Chanel. I have high standards--sometimes. Here in Lexington we have Keeneland and that suites me just fine. It's a gorgeous track and I highly recommend going during their live racing in April and October.
The only time of the year I make this pie is around the Derby. I don't have an excuse for that. It's extremely easy. You use one bowl for all the ingredients. Then you throw it into a pie shell. There is no mixing of the wet ingredients and incorporating into dry anything.
Technically, this is derby pie but due to trademark regulations and the family that owns the actual recipe, no one is allowed to call their pie by that name. Side note: Super glad I did some research since he apparently goes after websites and attempts to sue them. WHAT?
Run for the Roses Pie Printer Friendly
Makes 1 (9 inch) pie
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1 cup nuts, pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 pie shell
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Next add the eggs, vanilla and flour. Mix until combined. Gently fold in the nuts and the chocolate chips.
Press the pie shell into a pie pan, crimp the edges and prick the bottom with a fork.
Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.
Enjoy warm from the oven. For even more decadence, add fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Mmm mmm good!