(Something Not Exactly Like) Derby Pie

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Our pie columnist Lauren Weisenthal summed up this Kentucky favorite perfectly when she said, "This is as rich as pie gets. The creamy, sweet caramel custard is festively spiked with bourbon, and cut with toasted pecans and just enough dark chocolate to cut its sweetness. The addition of bourbon and chocolate transform a garden variety pecan pie into something more complex and special. Don't forget to add the salt—it's an important touch that helps highlight and balance the sweet flavors."

Bourbon, chocolate, and pecans? Sounds like flavors that will easily cross the Mason-Dixon line.

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