The first of the three Thanksgiving pies that I'm going to share with you is Maker's derby pie. Since pecan pie is one of the traditional pies served at Thanksgiving, I thought a derby pie would be a nice nod to our guests coming up from Louisville.
A derby pie is a pecan pie made with chocolate. Typically this is done by adding chocolate chips, but this recipe uses melted chocolate which gives the pie a more consistent texture and flavor. It's definitely worth taking the extra time to melt the chocolate. Also, I'm a big fan of laying pecans on top instead of stirring them in. It makes everything so much prettier, the pecans are a nicer texture, and it doesn't take much more time or effort.
I followed this recipe, but added about 1/4 cup of Maker's Mark to the custard just before pouring it into the crust. The addition of bourbon gave it a lovely, multi-dementional flavor. And, of course, was another not to our friendly neighbors to the south. Hello, Kentucky! Ohio loves you!
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