Pie We Eat On Derby Day


Pie We Eat On Derby Day

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The pie we eat on derby day is not pecan pie with chocolate chips, because ours is so much better. The real PWEODD has walnuts and chocolate chips, plus Kentucky’s not-so-secret ingredient, bourbon. It’s the traditional confection served on Derby Day and at any party worthy of the name.

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The Kentucky Derby and Tim Tam

The run for the roses is the oldest sporting tradition in America and held annually on the first Saturday in May since 1875.

My favorite horse is the 1958 Derby and Preakness winner Tim Tam. His career was cut short by a fractured bone in the Belmont Stakes. It thwarted his triple crown bid in the home stretch and he stumbled across the finish line in second place. He survived and retired to stud, living his best life to the age of 27 years at legendary Calumet Farm.

How The Pie We Eat On Derby Day Got Its’ Name

Any rational person would ask why PWEODD isn’t called Derby Pie and I’m here with the answer. Derby Pie is trademarked by the Kern family and they are as famous for litigation over the name as the pie itself. They are the original creators of derby pie and own a legal trademark. Therefore out of respect and fear of prosecution, I gave my pie a different name.

The Kern family recipe is a closely guarded secret and any similarities between theirs and mine is purely coincidental. So, with that disclaimer I give you the PWEODD, pronounced Pee-Wee-Ohh-Dee-Dee an important culinary delight Made In Kentucky.

  • Author: TJ
  • Yield: 8-12 1x


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 TBL Kentucky bourbon – for the pie
  • 1 cup walnuts – chopped
  • 11/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pie crust
  • Whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream – optional
  • 2 fingers Straight Kentucky Bourbon over a big rock – for the cook


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl
  3. Lightly beat the eggs and add them to the flour and sugar
  4. Add the butter and mix to combine
  5. Stir in the bourbon, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla and salt
  6. Grease the baking dish with butter and place the pie crust in it
  7. Pour the filling into the pie crust and trim the crust about a half inch above the filling. Do not leave any overhang
  8. Bake until the filling is set, about 40-45 minutes
  9. Cool on a wire rack before slicing

pweodd batter pie we eat on derby day baked

plain pweodd pweodd with bourbon


There’s a reason bourbon is in these pictures, because it pairs beautifully with PWEODD!