Category Archives: CHOCOLATE

KENTUCKY DERBY WALNUT AND CHOCOLATE PIE…FOR DERBY DAY AND BEYOND

1907996_284906375011003_4427021404753604595_nIn the city of Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday of May each year the horserace known as the KENTUCKY DERBY is held.  It’s pretty much become a national event but no where is it more celebrated than in Louisville.  I remember going there 3 days after the event a few years ago to visit clients and remember all the decorations and banners that were still up for the “RUN FOR THE ROSES”.  In true A FOOD OBSESSION style I came home with a few new food ideas and some local cookbooks.  I also made my way over to the BROWN HOTEL to have the American classic sandwich, the HOT BROWN, named for it’s location of birth.  A Hot Brown is a broiled open faced sliced Turkey breast sandwich on thick white bread with Mornay Sauce, Parmigiano, Tomato and Bacon.  It’s amazing.  That trip introduced me to another Louisville cuisine creation, the DEBRY PIE.  Let’s get something out of the way first.  Unless you buy one from Kern’s Kitchen, the business which invented it in 1950 by Walter and Leaudra Kern at their Melrose Inn , Prospect , Kentucky, you cannot call it DERBY PIE.  In 1968 they smartly trademarked the name and while there’s no crime in creating a pie that is similar, you can NEVER call it DERBY PIE. So there you go.  Instead call it anything you like, but since it’s part of Kentucky Derby food culture  I will call it KENTUCKY DERBY WALNUT AND CHOCOLATE PIE.  Whew. Now I’m safe.  The Kern’s have sued over 25 times to protect there trademarked name so remember, you don’t want to be the next victim.  LOL.  The pie is sort of a mashup of a southern Pecan pie with chocolate and a Toll House Pie, sort of.  The recipe I use came from the Washington Post:

SERVINGS: 6 – 8
INGREDIENTS
  • One 8- or 9-inch unbaked pie shell
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh whipped cream for garnish(optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Have an 8 or 9-inch pie plate at hand.

Place the unbaked pie shell in the plate. Sprinkle the bottom of the pie shell evenly with chocolate chips.

Whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Gradually mix in the butter, then add the nuts and vanilla extract and bourbon. Carefully pour mixture over the chocolate chips, in a circular motion so it does not disturb the chips. Bake for 1 hour, until the filling is set.

Should be served warmed up…top with the Whipped Cream, over even better, which a good Vanilla Ice Cream….a drizzle of hot chocolate sauce, maybe whipped cream too, up to you.  It’s delicious..and it’s fantastic all on it’s own, it’s rich.  HAPPY KENTUCKY DERBY DAY!!!

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S’MORES PIE…THE KIDS’ DESSERT IN A GROWN UP FORM

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Let’s start out by saying that S’mores are not my favorite dessert and I hate when kids have them in their hands.  Don’t judge me.  They make a big mess, admit it.  Think about that party, BBQ, outdoor meal where you indulged your kids or friends with a stick, a Jet Puffed MARSHMALLOW and some GRAHAM CRACKERS and a piece of HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE.  What happened next?  Kid got burned?  the flaming marshmallow ended up in a floaty pile of molten sugar on your couch or rug? Chocolate fingerprints all over the walls?  Are you getting it?  OK…I surf alot of Social Media, especially the food-centric sites and of late I’ve been seeing this S’MORES PIE thingy.  My oldest just had some oral surgery done so she , for the time being, can only eat things that are sort of soft.  I thought I’d break down and turn the dreaded S’MORES in to a pie.  I accomplished my mission and as happy as I was that my kids were loving a Sunday night dessert, IT MADE A MESS.  The counter was covered with sticky shrapnel from the cake spatula, the plates, etc.  Delicious for this type of sweet dessert but I have not changed my opinion.  There will still be a ban on Grill/BBQ made individual S’Mores as long as I’m around.

MAKES 6-8 slices                    TIME: 2 1/2 hours

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  low

1 GRAHAM CRACKER 9 TO 10 INCH CRUST

1 CUP HEAVY CREAM

1 /2 TSP. SUGAR

1/2 TSP. GOOD VANILLA EXTRACT

PINCH OF SALT

1/2 STICK (1/2 CUP)

12 OZ. GOOD MELTING CHOCOLATE

ENOUGH MINI MARSHMALLOWS TO COVER TOP OF PIE

DOUBLE BOILER OR STAINLESS STEEL BOWL FITTED OVER A SAUCEPAN WITH 1 INCH OF WATER BROUGHT TO A BOIL then BROUGHT TO A SIMMER  ON LOW

In the bowl over the steaming water, add the butter into the bowl. Let this melt, then add the salt, sugar, vanilla, and cream..Whisk till blended.   Then add the chocolate and whisk  until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is shiny and smooth.007  Now let this cool to room temperature then into the fridge it goes for close to 2 hours, you must let it set.  Remove from the fridge and turn on your broiler.  Add the marshmallows evenly to the top of the toy.

008  Place the pie on a baking pan and remove the top rack of your oven.  When the broiler has heated the oven place the piceon the middle rack.  DO NO LEAVE YOUR SPOT.  As SOON as you see the pie browning rotate it and only let it stay in for no more than a minute or so,  you should see the browning then remove the pie.  Let it rest for a good 5 minutes or you will surely burn the insides of the mouths of anyone who is waiting to eat this.

 

Slice and serve, it should be melt-y and rich.  I don’t trust a “perfect”slice of this.  It’s rustic and the slices shoud/need not be perfect.

Have fun with it and enjoy!!

 

10965_1151469789308_1304531591_30356921_1242298_n  That’s what you want!!!