Kentucky Derby Pie Recipes
Flaky Pear Pie
"I grew up watching my mom make pies," says Grant Achatz. "My father would always envy her amazingly tender and flaky crusts. He is a great cook, but he could never quite make a piecrust like she can. Her crust rules, and I understand now that the secret is finesse, and genetically cold hands." Achatz's pie, inspired by his mom's, is as straightforward as it gets, with a melt-in-your-mouth all-shortening crust and a lightly sweetened pear filling with just a hint of spice.
This easy pecan pie tastes of dark caramel, toasted nuts and a little bit of bourbon. Cheryl Day designed the recipe to work with a range of less-refined sweeteners, from honey to cane syrup. The supereasy press-in crust means you don't even need a rolling pin.
Custard Phyllo Pie With Almonds and Pistachios
For this unusual open-face pie from executive pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira of Daniel in New York City, buttered phyllo is layered with nuts and baked, then drenched with syrup and filled with rich custard.
Apple Pie Bars
"To step into Los Angeles's Big Sugar Bakeshop is to enter a confectionery alt-universe," F&W proclaimed about Mary Odson and Lisa Ritter's innovative bakery in 2008. Cathy Odson, Mary's sister, reinvents apple pie as a bar with a nutty, streusel-like topping and a crisp, buttery shortbread crust. It's America's iconic dessert, transformed into an even more indulgent snack.
Blueberry-Pecan Crunch Pie
The pecan groves that line the roadsides of the Delta are a beautiful sight. The Delta pecan, with its buttery richness and mellow crunch, is the star of this pie. The pound-cake crumbs sprinkled in the pie shell make the filling thicker than that of a traditional blueberry pie.
Pear-Cranberry Hand Pies
These flaky little pies may be the ultimate grab-and-go dessert.
Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon
Coarsely chopping the pecans makes the pie easy to slice, although David Lebovitz leaves some whole for visual effect.
Pecan Pie with Candied Ginger and Rum
For a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of her pecan pie, master baker Alice Medrich adds minced candied ginger and a splash of rum to the filling.
Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Pecan Hard Sauce
These creamy pumpkin bread puddings are baked in pie dishes so they're like a hybrid dessert; the lattice top is actually made of strips of butternut squash.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Dark chocolate gives this classic dish a deep flavor and fudgy texture.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel
This take on the classic pumpkin pie elevates the dish's flavor to new heights.
Caramel-Pecan Hand Pies
At Seattle's High 5 Pie, owner Dani Cone has responded to popular demand by making these adorable, portable pies (she calls them "flipsides"), available not just in the fall but year-round. When she tries to take them out of the rotation, customers get angry; one time, she says, a woman even cried.