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Haworth Pie

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Bilberries, often with sliced apple, in a double-crust pie.

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Our corrspondent Kathryn Marsh tells us (2016) that; "Growing up in Leeds in the 50s I never heard this referred to as Haworth pie, but there would be a week end in August when most of the West Riding ate it. We used to get the train from Leeds to Ben Rhydding with baskets and small hand rakes and garden hand forks to rake the bilberries off the plants in company with hundreds of other people who would get off at their favourite moorland station (this in the days before Beeching of course), and lunch the next day was always bilberry and apple pie. Most people bottled or jammed their bilberries, but my mother also made spiced syrup with them, in the manner of blackcurrant syrup, for winter colds. I have a half memory that the expedition used to coincide with Wakes Week in many of the local factories, but at this remove I canít really be sure. Of course by my day the bilberry custom had fallen a long way from its heights in the 20s when I believe that there were special trains put on."

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