Well hello there. Long time no see. I made you this Chocolate Bourbon Pie with Mint & a Brown Sugar Pecan Crust. I had every intentions of sharing this beauty with you right before the Kentucky Derby so that you could be seduced by its rich chocolate-y goodness while you watched the ponies trot around the race track. But that was not meant to be as Shitala, the Indian goddess of sickness, unleashed her fury, leaving me stricken with a case of the flu so mad it seemed my body would never be able to successfully shake it.
I was not happy about this curse because I had set aside my intense fear of needles and braved the dreaded flu shot. Yes. I embarrassed myself by acting like a three year old as I got poked and prodded. . .and all for nothing as it turns out.
If having the flu was not dreadful enough, I also had a potentially life threatening drug interaction initiated by a seemingly innocent over-the-counter cough syrup. I took it with every intention of getting some much needed relief from a cough that hijacked my every attempt at sleep. Instead, I was left with eyes that were as red as beets, a heart rate that was moving faster than the Derby ponies, and blood pressure that I feared would blow the lid off the blood pressure cuff. This all led to a fun filled night at the emergency room with the Mr. who just so happened to be in town. Romantic, no?
I’m okay now. Well, with the exception of being petrified of taking any and all medications. Sad thing is, even if I would have asked the pharmacist if it was okay to guzzle a cough syrup, she would have said “hakuna matata, no problem” because the interaction I had was so rare. Lucky me. If only I was so lucky at the Derby races.
So, while the Kentucky Derby is now a distant memory, I still wanted to bring you this pie because it truly is appropriate for occasions beyond the Kentucky Derby. Take for example those ordinary days that you simply are craving a sinfully, boozy, chocolate-y treat. . .which in my case is every day.
When I was dreaming up this Chocolate Bourbon Pie with Mint & a Brown Sugar Pecan Crust, I thought it would be divine to create a mashup between two beloved Derby treats – the Mint Julep and the Derby Pie. So what you end up with is a wickedly rich chocolate filling with an intense flavor of bourbon that is punctuated with refreshing peppermint extract and creme de menthe. This indulgent, bittersweet filling is then nestled into a crust made of buttery pecans laced with brown sugar.
Now let’s say you still want to get your chocolate on. . . but you want to keep it rated G. Simply eliminate the bourbon and creme de menthe and you’re all set.
As you likely know, the winner of the Kentucky Derby receives a garland of roses. It’s comprised of 420-560 roses and takes 70. . . that’s right. . .70 people to put it together. For a Kentucky Derby themed party (or wedding anniversary, Valentines day etc) how fun would it be to pay homage to the garland of roses by crowning your own Chocolate Bourbon Pie with candied rose petals? But if you do decide your Chocolate Bourbon Pie is not be complete without this important Kentucky Derby tradition, be sure to use food grade rose petals because you don’t want to take your pie with a side of pesticide.
I didn’t have edible flowers on hand so I decided to crown my Chocolate Bourbon Pie with candied mint leaves which provides an even greater emphasis on the mint notes (what can I say. . .I love mint). If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing candied mint leaves, I suggest you drop everything and head over to your nearest mint patch and gather up as many leaves as you can carry.
The candied mint leaves alone on this Chocolate Bourbon Pie are enough to leave you weak at the knees. Even better, they couldn’t be any easier to make. Simply rub a little egg white on the leaves, dust them with sugar and allow them to crisp up at room temperature for about 30 minutes. And Voila. . .you have yourself the most divine candy your taste buds will ever meet.
Each spoonful of this wickedly delicious pie will have you thinking that you committed the greatest of sins. But at The Road to Honey we think it is okay to be naughty every now and then. . .okay. . .maybe every day.
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This recipe was adapted from The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Chocolate Julep Pie.