I am headed out to Louisville today for the Kentucky Derby. Big hats are what many people think of when they hear the words Kentucky Derby (I found mine yesterday and it’s veerrry big!). Of course, when I hear the words Kentucky Derby, I think of Derby Pie. Have you had Derby Pie before? I had it on my last trip to the Derby and it is SO good. The delicious chocolate and walnut tart was created in 1950 by George Kern and his parents as a specialty pie for the Melrose Inn. The pie is generally made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky Bourbon. Each member of the Kern family had a different name for the pie. To resolve the situation, each of their suggestions were thrown into a hat and one was pulled out. Derby Pie was the winner. The Melrose Inn has since closed, but the love for Derby Pie has not. Many have tried to recreate the Kerns’ pie, but the recipe is still top-secret and the name Derby Pie is trademarked by the Kerns. However, you can purchase your own little taste of the south here. Not to worry…If you aren’t ordering Derby Pie or making your own inspired version, we have a round-up of some of our favorite Bourbon infused desserts from around the web. Now get out your BIG hats, mint juleps, and enjoy!
Photography credit above: Kern’s Kitchen.