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The Pie I Am Making This Thanksgiving!

All three books in The War Song Series are laden with good Southern food—everyday food, birthday food, holiday food, sympathy food, party food, you name it! I imagine many of the recipes coming from the church cookbooks my church used to put together growing up. They would collect favorite recipes from the congregation and print out a cookbook to sell as a fundraiser. It was always fun to contribute and try your church friends’ recipes. My favorite pie comes from one such cookbook. It is in the 2000 Milford Baptist Church Cookbook from a recipe submitted by Mary McBride for Derby Pie.

Derby Pie is so delicious! I love the more traditional pecan pie, but this recipe includes some chocolate with your nuts and is wonderful when served warm with ice cream. It is the pie I am making this Thanksgiving. Here is the recipe in case you would like to make it this Thanksgiving too!


Derby Pie


2 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

½ cup flour

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup walnuts

2 teaspoons vanilla

Deep-dish pie shell



Mix all ingredients in the order given. Pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Very important—make a day ahead of time! It needs time to set. Warm your slice the next day and serve with ice cream.


Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!


“While the Fitzpatrick family never got their meatloaf and cake, endless casseroles,

chicken, ham, beans, cornbread, and pies kept appearing at the front door as church, garden

club, and community women stopped by to offer their condolences.”

  The Final Song, Chapter 45



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