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The most perfect blueberry pie!
For the crust:
In a small bowl add egg and stir with a fork. Stir in vinegar and then water. In a separate bowl add the lard and 4 cups flour. Cut the lard into small pieces using a pastry cutter. Add the liquid and continue to cut the lard into the mixture, adding more flour as needed. Do not overwork. Stop when the dough comes together into a sticky ball. Divide into half and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. If only making one pie, put the other half into the freezer for later use. Thaw in the refrigerator when you want to use it later.
For the filling:
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine blueberries with sugar, cornstarch, lemon rind, lemon juice and cinnamon. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
When dough has rested, remove from the refrigerator and roll out on a floured surface. Roll out half the pastry to fit in a 11″ inch pie plate. Place in the pie plate and trim the edges. Place in the pie filling. Roll out the remaining dough and cut long strips the size of the pie for the lattice. Weave the lattice top and seal the edges with a little dab of water.
For the top crust:
Whisk the egg and water together. Lightly brush the lattice top with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350ºF and continue baking until golden and the filling has thickened for 45-50 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.
I chose to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate, so that the chocolate flavor would really punch through. This provided the perfect balance of chocolate to make the whole frosting completely “milk chocolate” in flavor.
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