May 10, 2016


I made this pie on Derby Day.  The recipe for this delicious pie is very similar to a Kentucky Derby Pie.

It is named after a governor from Kentucky.

When my oldest son was two-years old, I joined a playgroup, and we would meet every Wednesday morning.  The kids would play, and the mothers would visit.

We took turns hosting playgroup in our homes, and always provided snacks for the kids and some sort of breakfast food for the mothers.

As an outing for the mothers, one Saturday, we drove down to Grand Rivers, Kentucky, at Kentucky Lake to have lunch at Patti's.

This was the first time that I had been to Patti's, and as long ago as it's been, I remember I had a Kentucky Hot Brown, homemade potato chips, and they served bread in a clay pot with strawberry butter.  

For dessert I had Aunt Catfish's Boatsinker Pie, which was fabulous!

As we were leaving, someone was handing out recipes for two of their pies at the door, one was for their coconut pie, and the other one was for this John Y. Brown pie.

I have made this recipe many, many times through the years.  It is best right out of the oven while the chocolate is still gooey.  After it has set and is room temperature, I just pop my piece in the microwave oven for 10 seconds, and it is just like it is right out of the oven again!

John Y. Brown Pie

(Adapted from Patti's 1880s Settlment's recipe)

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature
2 eggs (room temperature)
6-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

1.  Whisk sugar and flour together.

2.  Melt butter in the microwave oven, and then let it cool to room temperature.

3.  Stir in eggs, chips, nuts, and vanilla.

4.  Pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell.

5.  Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour or until golden brown.

6.  The pie will wiggle when done. It sets as it cools.  

Serve to family and friends!!


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