How To Make Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

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This bourbon-spiked, chocolate and walnut pie (aka we-can’t-call-it-Derby-pie pie) may well be the most controversial pie in the history of Kentucky. And controversy — and a lawsuit or two— has made this pie a part of Kentucky history. So eating a piece of this pie, you might say, is like eating a piece of history.

But we’d argue that this pie isn’t just famous because of some back and forth over a name. This pie is famous because it’s a downright delicious dessert that’s easy to whip up and pretty as you please to look at — especially with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top. Try it and let us know if you agree.

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