Yorkshire Recipes

Each instalment of Mysteries of Cobble Hill Farm will feature a special English recipe connected to the story. 

It’s early August and bilberry season in Book 3–Into Thin Air–and Harriet enjoys Mucky Mouth Pie courtesy of Doreen Danby, her wonderful neighbour who also happens to be a baker extraordinaire. 

If you’d like to treat your friends or family to the delicious treat, here’s the recipe: 

Mucky Mouth Pie*


3 ½ cups bilberries** (In North America can substitute blueberries or Huckleberries)

¾ cup white sugar

scant 2 cups pastry flour

½ cup butter

8-9 teaspoons of cold water 


  1. Cut the butter into the flour until crumbly, sprinkle with water to form into a ball. Let rest in a cool place for 30 mins.
  2. Divide pastry in half, then roll out half to line a 9” pie plate.
  3. Fill with berries and mix in the sugar. Add a splash of lemon juice if desired.
  4. Roll out pastry top and cover pie. Dampen and seal the edges, trimming excess.
  5. Jab the top with a fork in the center to allow steam to escape.
  6. Bake in preheated 375 F oven until pastry is brown and crisp.

Hint: Best served hot, with custard, or cold with whipped cream.

Popular Variation: Bake bilberries in a Yorkshire pudding batter.

* Mucky Mouth Pie is so named because of the color it tends to leave your mouth. 😉 

**bilberries are also called moorland berries, wimberries or European blueberries. They are a close cousin to North American blueberries, but smaller and more acidic.

Question: What are some of your favourite English dishes?

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