May 03, 2013

Sweet Origins: Derby Pie {& Bourbon Desserts Round-Up}

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins

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.

Photography credits: 1) Bourbon Apple Fried Pies 2) Bourbon Layer Cake with Bourbon Ganache  3) Bourbon Ice Cream Sandwiches  4) Cherry Bourbon Pie 5)  Derby Pie cupcakes

Photography Credits: 1) Kentucky Bourbon Brownies 2) Kentucky Derby Bars   3) German Chocolate Bourbon Brownies 4) Bread Pudding 5) Bourbon Truffles 6) Gingersnap Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter


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  • Sasha

    I’ve never tried Derby pie before. All these desserts look delicious. I have to try and make the bread pudding and bourbon truffles. Yum! Have a great time in Louisville!

  • This is so yummy yum yum yum :3 I want to mimic this for my nephews birthday party! Can you please give me or share with us the list of ingredients and procedures on how to bake this? please please please. Thanks a lot 🙂

  • What a great line-up.. so many great recipes. Thanks so much for the link-up. 🙂

  • Yum, love chocolate and bourbon! Thank you for sharing my German Chocolate Bourbon Brownies!