Taste of Bucks County: Peddler's Village & Homemade Bumbleberry Pie

Bumble-berry pie is an old-fashioned name for a pie made with several varieties of berries. Once you bake your first homemade pie you will never again eat the one bought at the store.

Taste of Bucks County: Peddler's Village by Debbi Pinciotti
Photography and recipe by Yelena Strokin

Driving past suburban developments, then past the fields and farms dotted with beautiful, classic stone houses, visitors to Bucks county might find themselves at one of the most charming destinations in eastern Pennsylvania, Peddler's Village.

About halfway between the Bucks county seat of Doylestown and the famously artsy river town of New Hope, Peddler's Village is a collection of lovely, unique little shops and restaurants, housed in colonial style buildings. Most of the shops are situated around a gorgeously landscaped, well-maintained "village green", which is bordered by cobblestone walkways lined with hanging baskets full of seasonal flowers.

There's also a picturesque pond, complete with frogs. The Village even boasts a moving water wheel which, though only decorative, still adds to the Old World charm of the place. Yearly festivals and events include the Strawberry and Apple festivals, as well as scarecrow and gingerbread house competitions. Merchants at Peddlers Village carry everything from jewelry, clothing and home decor to toys and fine paper goods, but food is everywhere! There are full-service restaurants and a colonial style tavern. There's a cute little ice cream shop and nearby, a shop with the most wonderful aroma of roasted nuts in the air and the freshest, best-tasting nuts anywhere in the cases.

Across the street from the main square is a popular coffee shop, with great coffee by the bag or cup and delicious baked goods to have with your hot or iced drink. The candy store voted the best in two counties is also here, selling home made, small batch sweets, so the candy is always fresh. There's an award-winning Pennsylvania winery represented here with tastings available most days as well as special events throughout the year. The cookware shop has pots, pans, gadgets and linens to please everyone from accomplished cook to beginner or weekend chef.

The most beautiful time of year at Peddler's Village is of course the Holiday season. Trees are outlined in lights and lit all at once by Santa's flick of a switch on a special night in November. Gingerbread houses entered in the competition are on display through the holidays in a large gazebo on the square. Lovely Victorian-style decorations abound throughout the village. Few places capture the beauty and festive spirit of the holidays as well as this unique Bucks county gem, one of the many reasons that Peddler's village is enjoyed by local folk and visitors alike, through every season of the year.

Homemade Raspberry and Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Sugar Top

Note: If fresh berries are unavailable, use frozen blueberries, raspberries (without thawing them first) and increase the baking time by 10 to 15 minutes.


For the pie dough:

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt ( I use Himalayan pink salt for all my cooking and baking)
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp.) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cold water

For the berry filling:

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

To make the pie dough: sift the flour, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, and rub in with your fingertips or cut in with pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the egg and cold water, use a fork to bring it together to form a soft dough. Wrap in clear film (plastic wrap) and chill for 15-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make a berry filling. In a large bowl combine the berries and all other ingredients for a filling. Set aside.

Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a pie baking dish. Press the pastry into the sides and trim the edge. Spread the berry filling generously and evenly over the base of the pastry case. Roll out the remaining dough into a long rectangle. Cut this int even strips with a sharp knife and arrange in a lattice pattern over the berry mixture. Brush the top of a cake with egg and sprinkle with vanilla sugar.

Bake the pie for about 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for a little before serving. Serve with a cream, if you like.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...
October 29, 2014 at 3:52 AM  

Oh, that is such a quaint and peaceful place! I'd love to visit this village...

Your pie is irresistible! A gorgeous dessert.



Medeja said...
October 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM  

From pictures it looks like a very cozy and nice place!
Well.. and pie is great too :D

La Table De Nana said...
October 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM  

It has not changed a bit! I have slides showing our eldest daughter..going on 40..pushing her baby sister in her umbrella stroller(she will be 38)..That's how long ago it was that we went..Friends lived in New Hope..we went to Brigantine too..
Lovely little holiday..we lost touch..business..transfers etc..

Your pie looks divine!

Yelena Strokin said...
October 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM  

Monique, I thought you might like my new post-)))

Angie Schneider said...
October 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM  

A very beautiful and relaxing place.
The berry pie looks incredibly delicious!

theroadtoserendipity said...
October 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM  

A simple and soul satisfying pie Yelena with wonderfully luxurious ingredients. A secret in a slice and no doubt absolutely scrumptious to eat :). Blueberry season is in December/January here and you can be sure that if my chooks don't uproot my blueberries that I will be using some of them to make this unctuously delicious pie :)

Shibi Thomas said...
October 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM  

Beautiful pictures of Peddler County!!

Te de Ternura said...
October 30, 2014 at 1:10 AM  

Y que PASTEL tan delicioso YELENA...
Un reportage estupendo, me han cogido ganas de coger el primer avión y venir a visitarlo, jaja

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