Fruits of the Forest

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The taste of this pie is a fruit pie lover's dream. The crust is the flakiest made from scratch. This pie is made with fruits that are in our area but can be substituted for any fruit. We have wild blue huckleberries that tastes like blueberries, also a red huckleberry that has a tart taste yet sweet, along with wild blackberries and raspberries. You can also add an apple, it adds a little texture.

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Ingredients

  • 3-3 1/2 C. berries or any type of fresh fruit or berries
  • 1/4 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • Crust:
  • 2 C. flour
  • 2/3 C. lard (no substitutions)
  • 1/4 C. cold water or add as needed

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Directions

For the filling, mix berries, flour, cinnamon and sugar and set aside.For the best crust ever, mix flour and lard with pastry cutter or fork until size of small peas. The secret to this flaky crust is the lard and getting the right amount of water. The dough needs to be not too dry but almost damp. The water amount can vary so start off with 1/4 C. and add more water if needed, just a little at a time. Do not overwork the dough. This makes both the top and bottom crust so cut in half and roll out one at a time. put bottom crust in 9-inch pie pan. Add filling, top with butter, add top crust. Cut several steam vent holes.Back in preheated 425 degree oven for 45 minutes. Let cool slightly. Server rooom temperature or warm with ice cream for the best pie ever.

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