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Friday, April 30, 2010

Derby Time!!

On Saturday, May 1st...its Derby Time again!   And the traditional drink, Mint Juleps served in the Silver Cup.   Not my personal choice....I will stick to citron vodka and club soda.   

Mint Juleps

4 handfuls of mint leaves
1 1/3 cup sugar
4 cups water
8 ounces bourbon
     Crushed ice

Working in batches, bruise the mint leaves in a bowl, slightly crushing leaves with a mortar/pestle or the rounded handle of a rolling pin. Combine crushed leaves, sugar and water in a saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes. Strain. Fill 4 silver julep cups with crushed ice. Add 2 ounces of bourbon to each cup. Pour equal amounts of syrup into each cup. Stir rapidly until outside of cup gets frosty. Rub fresh mint around the rim of the cup.  

And my personal favorite dessert is Kentucky Derby Pie.   Many references name it as Chocolate Chip pie, but I have taken my regular Pecan Pie recipe and added the chocolate chips.  Sweet beyond belief...but a small slice is so good with a cup of coffee. 

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Kentucky Derby Pie

desserts, pies

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2  eggs; beaten
4 ounce butter; melted & cooled
1 cup pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1  pie shell, 9; unbaked

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix sugar and flour.  Add eggs, then butter.  Add nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla.  Pour all into pie shell and bake for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick in the center and bake longer if necessary.  The pie should be somewhat chewy.

Yield: 6 servings

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Enjoy and have a Happy Day 

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