Pie Corps’ Derby Pie Wins the Race


After we heard that Pie Corps would make its debut at last weekend’s New Amsterdam Market, we resolved to be there to eat whatever they were selling. And we’re glad we did, because we found this Derby pie.

As previously discussed, Felipa Lopez and Cheryl Perry, the two ladies behind Pie Corps, make a variety of sweet and savory pies. You can see some of them in the photo below. Although we nearly gave it up for the maple custard pie, we instead succumbed to the overtures of the Derby pie, which beckoned with its combination of chocolate, pecans, and bourbon. We chose to eat it out of a mason jar because we can always use a spare one at home, and it seemed like reasonable compensation for spending $6 on what was more or less a six-bite pie.

But they were a very good six bites: The pie’s filling was rich, dense, and, as promised, stippled with fat chocolate chips and toasty nuts. The bourbon provided a vague, pleasant burn, and the crust was buttery and flaky, two adjectives that look best in the company of a pie crust. It was a very tasty pie. And the jar did indeed prove to be useful.

All of which is to say that we’re looking forward to Pie Corps’ return at the next market, where we hope to try some of their savory offerings. Some of them look like loaves of bread and are decorated with farm animals, which is nearly as exciting as a mason jar.