PA Dutch Country Weekend Trip: Bird-In-Hand Bake Shop, Zook's Homemade Chicken Pies

After two lengthy posts, here is a short and sweet post to recap the first part of our last day!

After hearing me mentioning about shoo-fly pies, Luke decided that he must have some. So on our last day, just before we left Lancaster, we visited this sweet little store off the beaten path called Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop. As soon as we walked in, we could smell the aroma of hot baked goods, which included bread, buns, cakes and PIES. Lots and lots of PIES. Luke was in heaven.

We browsed and browsed and ended up getting a variety of pies – apple, wet bottom shoo-fly, whoopie, and lemon – to take home.
As you can see from the pictures, the bake shop also sells unique gifts, lots of locally hand-crafted crafts and toys, souvenirs, Amish dolls and much much more. I love that picture of my little Dutch boy below :) And that little print that Anna is holding now sits in our dining room.
bird-in-hand bake shop
Outside there is a playground and a mini-zoo to entertain the kids. Luke and I are already looking forward to our next trip back. I think the we will all have tons of fun in warmer months -- imagine eating ice cream (they sell hand-dipped ice cream!), visiting the animals, and playing on the swings :)
More PIES!

Zook's Homemade Chicken Pies is another off-the-beaten-path store, but definitely not hard to find or anything....we just followed our GPS. I've read about it back home and the rave reviews convinced me that I must try its chicken pot pie. The store was small, with a freezer containing three different kinds of pies - chicken, beef, and sausage. We got two chicken pies and one beef. The pie was around $8/each.  
We Love All the Pies!!

Since coming home, we have eaten all the pies except for two from Zook's. Luke loved everything. He said the pies from Bird-in-Hand didn't make him feel sick and gross after eating them. I agree -- they were not overly sweet, perfect for me. The apple and whoopie pies were my favorite. I only had a little taste of shoo-fly since I didn't like the consistency, but Luke ate it all (yes the whole pie) in one sitting. He's crazy for shoo-fly.

As for the chicken pie...flaky crust, fresh vegetables, flavorful chicken...simply amazing!

If you ever find yourself in the area, we recommend these two local places!


  1. Mmmm...shoo fly. I am very impressed he ate the entire thing in one sitting. I will have to check out Zook's! My hubs loves a good chicken pot pie!

  2. Goodness... Hubby ate a lotta pie!


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