Enjoy a slice of Amish Country, and enjoy some delicious pie
by Jenn Polen
No trip to Amish Country is complete without visiting Der Dutchman Bakery. That is why this is the first visit on the pie tour! You can follow the sweet smells to the bakery shop located in Walnut Creek, where the shelves are always fully supplied with fresh homemade pies, including peanut butter cream, fruit pies, pumpkin, pecan and so many more. After shopping in the bakery, visitors can go next door to the Der Dutchman restaurant where the pies are served Monday through Saturday every week.
Nearby Der Dutchman, is the Walnut Creek Cheese complex. The local grocer not only supplies everyday items like boxed cereal, but also provides some of the best pricing on items made fresh. Pies are available, along with ingredients to try and make your own. This grocer is sure to attract your attention. You can also grab some delicious homemade ice cream at the Mudd Valley Cafe & Creamery inside, to go along with that delicious pie.
Miller's Dutch Kitch'n is another stop sure to be on the list of activities. Specializing in broasted chicken, real mashed potatoes, delicious homemade pie and ice cream the stop is sure to be a great place to grab dinner, and some pie to go! Located five miles south of Sugarcreek on SR 93, Miller’s Dutch Kitch’n will be a great way to end the day with some dinner and sweet treats.
Hopefully your sweet tooth has held out for Dutch Valley Bakery and Cafe. At this popular eastern Sugarcreek stop, there’s something fresh coming out of the kitchen all day long. Pies are not the only thing coming from this delicious bakery, as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, sticky buns and braided cinnamon twists sum up only a few of the delicious treats to take home to the rest of the family. The name Dutch Valley is synonymous with Amish Country, and once you’re done at the bakery, head on over to Dutch Valley Market, located at the edge of the Dutch Valley complex. Inside the store, shoppers find everything they need to complement the baked goods.
TheDes Dutch Essenhaus in Shreve is another great place to find the best Amish treats inside. Owned by local Amish, the Des Dutch Essenhaus has all kinds of homemade Amish pies including cream pies, fruit pies, and many other kinds that are delicious. Cookies and other great treats are located in the bakery beside the restaurant. While shopping at the bakery, you can also take time to check out the gift shop with plenty of great Amish made items. Shreve is located four miles off of State Route 83.
After shopping in Shreve, you can head to Apple Creek in Wayne County to Troyer's Home Pantry, an Amish bakery with homemade items made from simple basic ingredients, featuring angel food cakes, pies of over 40 different flavors, cookies, cinnamon rolls and breads. Visitors can also pick up their own pie shells on wholesale or retail and get tips on how to make their own pies. Troyer’s Home Pantry is located on 668 West Main Street in Apple Creek.
If you’re looking to drive a bit farther, you can head to the Hartville Pie Factory. The Hartville Kitchen offers homestyle cooking since 1966, along with their bakery, candy shop and carry-out options. At Hartville Kitchen, all pies are completely made from scratch - from the flaky crust to the creamy, whipped topping, the pies are delicious! They offer more than 20 varieties of famous pies, so they are sure to have your favorite. Enjoy a slice after lunch or dinner, or take a whole pie home to enjoy later. The Hartville Kitchen honors their Mennonite heritage and strive to operate their businesses based on Christian principles. The Pie Factory is located on 101 N. Prospect Ave. in Hartville.
Hershberger Farm and Bakery, located between Berlin and Charm, is the first stop on day three of the pie tour. Fry pies are a hallmark of this local family-run farm, as are plenty of other freshly made pastries each morning. Here you can find something sweet and satisfying or refreshingly healthy, as well as free animal petting areas, buggy rides, and fun for the whole family. A farm market is open most of the year, and the Hershbergers offer 26 varieties of pie in six and nine-inch sizes, as well as 27 varieties of noodles.
Next you can venture to Der Bake Oven. This bakery has been in the same location in Berlin, in the heart of Amish Country, for 27 years. Ruth Mast has been the owner for the past 14 years after working for the previous owners since 1987. When you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted with smiles and with the delicious aroma of homemade goodies and fresh ground coffee every day. You’ll smell the homemade pies made from scratch. Ruth and the girls all take pride at Der Bake Oven for using the freshest ingredients. Last, but certainly not least, Ruth now makes her own homemade ice creams to add to the delicious pie. The Der Bake Oven is located right in the heart of Berlin on Main Street.
Looking for a good place for lunch and a slice of pie for desert? You can stop at the Berlin Farmstead Restaurant. The Farmstead is known for its homestyle Amish cooking and for its all you can eat buffet style dinner. You can fill up and grab a piece of pie for lunch or dinner at a reasonable price. The Farmstead is located just off state route 62 in Berlin.
The last stop on this tour is Kauffman's Country Bakery, where brothers Steve and Richard Kauffman have offered delicious baked goods since 1992. Their bakery sells a wide variety of delightful goodies ranging from breads, cookies and pies to jams, jellies, spreads and souvenirs. Twenty Amish and Mennonite women work in the bakery. On an average day, the bakery bakes 250 loaves of bread (on some days it has been as high as 700), 100 dozen cookies and over 100 pies. Kauffman’s Country Bakery is located at 4357 US 62 in Millersburg. It is nestled in Bunker Hill Village, across from Heini’s Cheese, between Berlin and Winesburg.
After you’ve gone…
There really is no place like Amish Country to find the best baked good and pies around. But leaving Amish Country doesn’t mean you have to stop eating them! The Amish Pie Company offers pies delivered right to your table at home, made from scratch! Using local fruit and simple ingredients, this is truly the closest you can get to Amish Country without being here. You can start shopping for your pies at amishpie.com.