I was a frustrating child. My Mom doesn’t acknowledge that a lot now. I’ve grown up and I have two children that she gets to enjoy and I think she’s been able to breath a few generous sighs of relief that I turned out okay. So far. In most ways we “get” each other now– quite a different relationship than the one we had when I was, ummm, about 8 to about 20.
Thinking about her birthday gift, I wanted to make something that coordinated with her quilt but included a message. I could go with a simple “I love you”, but I wasn’t feeling it. I do and all, but that’s a little too straightforward for my family. We deal mostly with humor and sarcasm.
I decided to go with “I love you more than derby pie” because only she (and a few other members of our family, and Adrianna, who said “wow, that’s a lot” when I showed her the pillow) get what that means. The derby pie is a classic piece of our family’s culinary history. It’s rich and sweet and delicious and one of those I-beg-her-to-make-it-for-me-any-chance-I-get recipes. Even though I can make it for myself with her recipe. It’s still better when she makes it.
To make the pillow, I used my Silhouette to cut a freezer paper stencil. You could certainly do this design with a craft knife… it’d just take you a looooooong time. And if you’re one whose hair grays from stress… this’d further that. I ironed the stencil onto some linen fabric and then painted in the spaces. I’ve not done a freezer paper stencil on linen before, and the lines definitely aren’t as clean as they would be on your average knit tee or a quilting cotton. But given that this is an ooey, gooey chocolate pie we’re talkin’ about, I decided it worked here.
Because my mom was coming to visit, and the pillow was in the works, I haaaaad to make the pie too. If you love chocolate and at least like pecans, you’d be hard-pressed not to lick your plate after trying this recipe.
Pawley’s Island Derby Pie
9″ deep dish pie shell, unbaked
2 eggs, beaten
1 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 c butter, melted
1 t vanilla
1 c chopped pecans
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
Bake pie shell for 5 minutes at 350. Set aside to cool.
With a wooden spoon, blend together the ingredients in the order given. Pour filling into pie shell and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until firm.
Allow to cool before serving. Can be served warm or at room temperature.
I hope you like it as much as I do. Which is quite a lot.