My father's daughter was making a pie while you were sleeping.
I woke up at 5:30 am to whip up a Kentucky tradition - Derby Pie Mayday Pie (the name is trademarked by an industrial baker).
Any self respecting lady from Kentucky has a family recipe to serve, and though I am not a native of the Bluegrass State, I spent ten years in Lexington - making it my home away from home.
I like to make my Derby Pie two times a year, for Oaks Day (the day before the big race) and Thanksgiving.
Step 1 - Make a great pie crust from scratch.
Step 2 - Closely follow the instructions written with care by your mother almost ten years ago.
Step 3 - Stir the "gravy" until it's well blended.
Step 4 - put assembled pie in the fridge until you're ready to bake (bonus points if you can find the four kinds of beer in the pic).
Step 5 - Bake for 55 minutes at 325* - the pie comes out looking golden brown.
Now, I must admit - a lot of prep work went in to this creation. I assembled the crust and filling ingredients during the 11 pm news last night (I do not have assistants like Rachel, Martha or Giada).
I hope my new work friends love my special treat!