Haskap Berries a.k.a Honey Berries!

This year we were finally able to collect enough haskaps from our yard to make a pie! Woo hoo! The kids and I picked over our five plants and managed to collect 4 cups of berries: enough for a pie.
Haskaps, a.k.a. "honey berries" are an extremely hardy alternative to blue berries. They grow very well here in Manitoba in a variety of soil-types. They are a great addition to any garden because they ripen very early in the season. Haskaps are blue and oblong in shape. They are more tart then blueberries but have a delicious flavor. When baking with them I treated they just as I would blueberries.

Haskap Pie
Filling: (Adapted from the Joy of Cooking)
4 cups haskaps
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 flour
Mix filling ingredients. It may seem dry but don't add any moisture.

Pie dough: (This recipe makes three top and bottom pie crusts, a total of 6 crusts. You only need 2 crusts for this recipe. You can freeze the rest.)
5 1/2 cups flour
2 cups lard
1 egg
cold water
1 tbsp vinegar
Mix vinegar and egg in a 1-cup measuring cup. Top up to 1 cup with cold water. Set aside.
Cut lard into flour until it resembles oatmeal. Pour egg mixure into flour mixture and mix until it comes together into a flaky dough. Flatten dough into a disc on the counter and cut into thirds. Reserve two of the thirds for future pies. Take one of the thirds and cut it in half. Roll out one half on a floured surface and place in the bottom of a pie plate. Put the pie filling into the pie plate. Roll out the remaining half of the dough and place it on top of the filling. Tuck the edges of the pie dough under all around the pie. Crimp the edges with a fork and pierce air holes to let the steam escape. Bake the pie at 450 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes and then 30 mintutes at 400 degrees. Allow to completely cool and then enjoy! If you can't wait for it to cool it will be a bit runny but still delicious!


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