A Thanksgiving Family Recipe

This Thanksgiving, we share a coveted recipe from one of our families. Hailing from Tennessee is a recipe passed down on handwritten index cards for several generations. This, we say with great authority, is The Best Pie in the World. Try it out. You’ll wow people.

Derby Pie
In loving memory of Mimi

(or buy Pillsbury Ready Made)
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 tablespoon cold vegetable shortening
½ teaspoon sugar

Blend flour, butter, shortening and a pinch salt until mixture resembles meal and toss with 3 or 4 tablespoon ice water or enough to form a ball. Flatten slightly, dust with flour, wrap in wax paper and chill in fridge 1 hour. Roll into a round ⅛ inch thick on floured surface, fit into 9 inch pie plate and crimp edge decoratively.

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
½ plain flour
¾ stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup English walnuts, chopped into bits

Beat eggs until slightly frothy. Beat in the sugar and flour. Stir in vanilla, butter, walnuts and chocolate chips. Turn the mixture into the shell and bake in pre-heated oven (350) for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack.

Eat, enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.