Our GPS has a nickname: the scenic route GPS.
En route back to Texas from the East Coast, past Philadelphia, PA, we entered a two-lane highway and then started seeing horse drawn carriages with bearded men in black and white suits. The air was filled with the smell of tilled earth, manure and green leaves.
I looked at The Husband and said “I don’t think we’re in the modern world anymore.” No we weren’t in Kansas, but deep in the heart of Amish Country.
Apart from the granaries, barns, stables and traditional 5-horse powered tractors (powered by uh, 5 horses) that lined the highway, a Dutch style windmill appeared before us and beckoned us to stop and take a look.
Dutch Haven is your neighborhood souvenir shop with traditional Amish woodwork from cabinets, bookshelves and cribs, preserves like jams and pickles, magnets, postcards and foodstuff like shoo-fly pie, whoopie pies and all-natural Amish rootbeer.
The great thing about Dutch Haven is that they give all customers a slice of warm shoo-fly pie topped with whipped cream. A perfect introduction to this strange treat, which got its name from shooing flies that are attracted to the molasses, the pie’s main ingredient. The pie is gooey and rich from the molasses, but not too sweet to warrant a cup of black coffee to complement this traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert.
We were so convinced that we bought two boxes to bring back home to Texas.
One regret though was I decided not to buy a gallon of Amish rootbeer, which I loved because of the natural fizz from the deep, complex flavors of the yeasty almost beer like sweet drink.
So if you find yourself passing through Amish Country and Dutch Haven, would you please get me a gallon or two of Amish style rootbeer?
Dutch Haven Shoo Fly Pie Bakery
2857 Lincoln Hwy (US Route 30)
Ronks, PA 17572
+1 (717) 687-0111