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Derby Pie + Spring Snapshots

I’m pausing the travel posts to bring you the not-so-secret recipe for the tastiest and easiest pie in the world: Derby Pie. I do feel reluctant to share, as this is pretty much the only thing in my dessert arsenal, since it’s so yummy and dadgum easy. It’s my favorite and has become my signature dessert, but I feel guilty hiding it. And I feel guilty when people get the impression that I’m a culinary wizard . . . shhhh! Golly, it’s so easy. Now that you have the recipe, you can simply have the ingredients waiting in your pantry and freezer. Dinner party, housewarming, work or church event? You’ve got dessert covered. You have such southern charm and grace! Please, don’t brag; you’ll ruin it.

Give it a try in honor of Saturday’s big race.

Derby Pie
2 eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cake flour (Regular flour is fine—I use that.)
1 cup sugar
a splash of bourbon (Optional, but you should definitely do it if you’re making this for the Derby.)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
6 oz chocolate chips
pre-made pie crust (From the refrigerated section.)

Mix first six ingredients together.
Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Pour into pie crust in round baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

And while we’re in a celebratory mood, here are some snapshots of our spring so far (only the good stuff, of course!):

 photo d9f9cb5f-4df5-49ab-ad69-58edfec1fce1_zpsdf3f9ad8.jpgThe satisfaction of an egg well hunted.

 photo E303E0AC-D91D-4B29-8D86-F27DD69EF33A-17767-0000105B7C7AA7DF_zpsd595e613.jpgIsrael is beyond thrilled that Mary Tobin is old enough to keep her wayfarers on now.

 photo 62B0E1B4-97B0-4152-B037-0EA3C5D62103-17477-000010EBBEA92147_zpsa227a80b-1.jpgWomen’s dinner centerpieces using Costco roses (!) and Cup of Jo’s flower arranging tutorial.

 photo D4F3D12B-9D60-4DA1-B56C-597C548AF762-17767-0000105BD7E27FB5_zps290f8d42.jpgWaiting with Tia Raquel after the zoo for brunch at Open City, a yummy spot which brilliantly provided chalk for their young antsy patrons. (Here, Mary Tobin is staring at little boys off camera.)

[Pro tip for taking kids to the National Zoo: If you’re using the Metro, go one stop past the Woodley Park/Zoo stop to Cleveland Park. From there it’s the same distance, and you can walk downhill instead of huffing uphill with strollers and the rest of your combat gear. When leaving you can walk downhill to Woodley Park (and Open City!).]

 photo 9425FE31-C09E-497B-950C-1FBF634E0F90-17477-000010ED88841BEA_zps8eddc433.jpgWhite House Spring Garden Tour.

 photo FA7F5AE0-77C2-4915-BC0E-771A882040D1-17477-000010EF2616EEE2_zps253aa70e.jpgEmbracing her Tennessee roots.

 photo 4C7C0384-807C-420A-B445-C8C3EE435678-17477-000010EE97C595E8_zps8cbf52bc.jpg photo CC9B5A71-2F46-47E5-AF1F-9DC58C28C26B-17477-000010EEA5200B4C_zpsea41841e.jpgAnd, of course, pulling out the summer clothes!

Happy Derby! Happy Spring!


2 thoughts on “Derby Pie + Spring Snapshots

  1. Derby Pie trivia:
    1. Your Mamacella always said that Derby Pie called out for whipped cream on top.
    2. The PTF at school used to make this pie for teacher appreciation day. PTF legend says that your Aunt Kace and an unnamed friend used to make one extra pie and bake it for half the time so that they could sit down and eat the warm, gooey filling with a spoon right out of the pan!

  2. As I was reading the ingredients I began reading them in Paula Deen’s voice and definitely added the “ya’ll” at the end of ‘a stick of butter’. A stick of butter ya’ll! :-)

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