My dad made fried pies pretty often when I was a kid, but I never paid attention to what he was doing until it was time to eat.
Then last year, I was gifted with my great-grandmother’s recipe collection. Jesus Lord. It was a veritable treasure trove of good food maps. Most were written on cards and neatly filed in those little plastic card boxes. But the real fun was the big cardboard box filled with all the recipes not written on little cards.
There were recipes written on the backs of paper plates, receipts, bank statements, cash envelopes, even some fancy hotel stationary. I like to imagine that old great-granny of mine just globetrottin’ all around the place, bugging people for their secret recipes everywhere she went. This was one of those. Properly titled, “Mrs. McCoy’s Fried Apple Pies”, my dad said his grandma had a plate of these ready for him every day after school. Pretty sweet, right?
- Pie Crust for 1-9" pie
- Apple filling:
- 1 large Granny Smith apple
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Peach Filling:
- 3-4 peaches
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Oil for frying (1/2" deep, about 2 cups)
- Prepare the pie crust or allow store-bought crust to thaw.
- For apple filling: Quarter and core apple, thinly slice each quarter crosswise. You should have about 2 cups. Saute apple in butter over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes until just softened. Add sugar and cinnamon and cook another 2 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- For peach filling: Pare and pit peaches. Chop finely and combine with sugar and heat in a small pot over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes, until softened. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool.
- To make pies:
- Roll the dough out very thin, on a floured surface.
- Cut 3-inch circles (you will get between 12-16 circles) and gently roll each circle further to form a slight oval.
- Place about a tablespoon of filling (drained of excess liquid) on half of each oval.
- Dampen the edges of the dough and fold over, crimping shut with a fork.
- Heat the oil until around 350-365 or until a bit of flour sizzles when thrown in.
- Fry each pie for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Allow to drain and cool a few minutes before eating alone or with ice cream!
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