Yorkshire Recipes


Bilberry Pie

Bilberries grow in abundance on the hills of Yorkshire – but they take a lot of picking. Their small size requires time and effort to collect enough for a pie. However, their sharp, distinctive flavour makes your labour worthwhile.


Bilberry pickers on The Chevin, Otley.


Here is a recipe from Haworth; a good hunting ground for these little gems.



  • Around 1 lb (450g) of bilberries
  • 4 oz (113g) white sugar


  1. Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry
  2. Fill with bilberries and mix in the sugar
  3. A splash of lemon juice may be added
  4. Cover with a pastry top, dampen and seal the edges.
  5. Make a small hole in centre of pie to allow the steam to escape
  6. Bake in a medium to hot oven until pastry is brown and crisp.
  7. Best served hot, with custard, or cold with cream


Source:  Wright, V. (1981). A Haworth Kitchen. Recipes from the home of the Brontes. Victoria Wright. ISBN 0903775123.

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