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Guest Post Tammy Horn
Today Friends Drift Inn welcomes Tammy Horn, professor, Kentucky author, and Director of Coal Country Beeworks at Eastern Kentucky University. Tammy and I share a love of honey bees, and the Appalachian Mountains. You’ll be seeing Tammy Horn again; this summer we will be talking with the
honey bees. For now, enjoy Tammy’s take on a tradition Kentucky Pie that a certain bakery aggressively defends the trademarked name.
You might have noticed this is Kentucky Derby Week. Do I have to spell it out you?
Like bourbons and fine wines, honey comes in many flavors. “Varietial honey” refers to honey that reflects the blossoms which prompted production. Orange blossom honey is something I use on special occasions, in fact one of my first posts on New Years Day included the citrus syrup.
Guest Post by Tammy Horn
Honey Chocolate Walnut Bourbon Pie
“The Kentucky Pie”
My “take” on “The Pie” was an effort to cut down on refined sugars and use a varietal honey. Varietal honeys have more anti-oxidants than refined sugar and in some cases add a little extra “kick” to traditional recipes.
However, not all honeys are the same. I would not use buckwheat honey on this without trying it with my own family first. Buckwheat has a strong molasses taste that may not agree with people. And I think it would be a shame to waste sourwood honey in this pie because sourwood needs to stand alone. I would be afraid that the chocolate and the bourbon would overpower the sourwood–and sourwood honey is precious!
Orange Blossom honey is mighty versatile and just perfect for this traditional pie. Just when you think you’ve tried them all, something like this honey varietal can add a little something extra.
If folks are preparing a country ham, a nice pairing would be to use a orange blossom glaze: 1/4 cup of orange blossom honey with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves.
I have not tried orange blossom mint juleps for the record. LOL
Tammy’s Honey Chocolate Walnut Bourbon Pie
The Kentucky Pie
Tammy Horn “The Bee Lady”
Pie Recipe, Kentucky Derby Party Recipe, Dessert Recipe
- 1 9 inch pie crust
- ¾ cup of orange blossom honey
- 1/3 cup butter, unsalted organic preferred
- 3 eggs, organic preferred
- 1 Tablespoon Blantons Bourbon (Makers Mark would also work well)
- 1 cup of Black Walnuts
- ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat Oven to 375deg;
2. Combine honey, butter, eggs, and bourbon in a large bowl.
3. Beat at medium speed until well mixed.
4. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
5. Pour in crust. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
6. Bake 30 minutes.
7. Remove aluminum, and return to bake another 10 minutes or so. Pie should be firm in the middle.
Total Cooktime 40 minutes
Cool and refrigerate about 3 hours.
Some people like toppings with their pie such as whipping cream. If so, beat whipping cream into a small bowl just before serving, until stiff peaks form. Garnish pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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