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Not Derby Pie

Not Derby Pie 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Apr 28, 1982

As former Food section editor and restaurant critic Phyllis Richman described in her piece, “Derby Day: Louisville’s One and Only, Absolutely Authentic Derby Pie” (April 28, 1982), this recipe could not be called the real thing; legalities and trademark violations were involved. But, as she says, it looks and tastes pretty close.

Servings: 6 - 8
  • One 8- or 9-inch unbaked pie shell
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Have an 8 or 9-inch pie plate at hand.

Place the unbaked pie shell in the plate. Sprinkle the bottom of the pie shell evenly with chocolate chips.

Whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Gradually mix in the butter, then add the nuts and vanilla extract. Carefully pour mixture over the chocolate chips, in a circular motion so it does not disturb the chips. Bake for 1 hour, until the filling is set.

Serve slightly warm, with whipped cream, if desired.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 530

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 33g 51%

Saturated Fat: 15g 75%

Cholesterol: 90mg 30%

Sodium: 130mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates: 58g 19%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 42g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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