It is a gorgeous late-April Tuesday here in the mid-south. The weather is warm, the sun is bright and the azaleas are in bloom. So what’s on the mind of this Kentucky native? What I’ll be eating this Derby Day, of course!
With the Kentucky Derby less than a week away it’s time to make plans. When I’m not looking up photos of inspired Derby Hats, I’m looking through my recipes. While I treasure the tradition of Derby Pie I have been giving some thought to portion control.
Cut into a Derby Pie as if it were any other, divide it into the expected six or eight wedges, and you may need to monitor those who indulge for signs of Sugar Shock! While it is a delicious pie it is very rich and a challenge to fully enjoy in large doses. Instead, wouldn’t it be nice to bake the same great taste into a shape that is easier to share in smaller, but equally delicious, portions?
This recipe for Derby Bars call for the same secret ingredients as Aunt Hen's Brownie Pie (with the addition of bourbon, if you like), but transforms them into a bar cookie that spreads the nut-studded chocolate-y wealth of a dessert for eight into thirty or so delicious four-bite portions. They are the perfect size for sharing with friends at a Derby Party buffet or for snacking on anytime.