September 14th is the day of our church Bake Sale to benefit Rancho Maranatha Mission in Mexico. My wonderful friends, Kirsten and Kari, who are the brainchildren of Cooks for Christ is hosting the Bake Sale. Did someone say Bake Sale - wow! I must make some Derby Pies. They are always big sellers. So folks, below is the recipe which is always a favorite with friends and family. Whenever I make them, I make two and put one in the freezer for those times when you need a pie quickly. If you freeze one, take it out about an hour or so before you need it and thaw. Right before serving, put it in the oven on 350 degrees for about 10 minutes to heat.


  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter (no substitute) melted and cooled
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (or use extra vanilla)
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (I use Mrs. Smith's deep dish pie shells)
In a small bowl, melt the butter in microwave. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs; combine them with the flour, salt and sugar. Mix well. Add butter, chocolate chips, pecans, vanilla and/or bourbon (if using). Stir thoroughly until well blended. Pour into pie shell and bake in a 325 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on each serving.

PS If I could only take photos like my daughter, Claire, I would be in good shape here.


Kristen said...

Oh how interesting... I've never heard of Derby pies but I bet they are a huge bake sale hit!
Your daughter does take beautiful photographs!

Anonymous said...

Lal, just made a derby pie for Jan. thanks so much for sharing your recipes here!
we love you and can't wait to see you soon!!!

isla and her mama

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