Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fried Apple Pies

Granny Hunt used to make fried pies for us when we were children. She used her homemade applesauce and canned biscuit dough. Those pies have been on my mind lately, so I decided to try my hand at making them last night. The pastry dough recipe was very simple to make as was the apple mixture. I can't wait to try this with other kinds of fruit.

Fried Apple Pies
2 apples, cored and chopped (I don't peel mine.)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Pastry Dough
Vegetable oil

1. Melt butter in skillet. Sauté chopped apples, brown sugar, and next 5 (through lemon) ingredients for 30 minutes until apples begin to break down. Let mixture cool for 1 hour.
2. Roll out pastry dough on a well-floured surface; cut dough into circles using a biscuit cutter. Spoon a small amount of apple mixture into center of dough circle. Fold over dough, aligning edges. Crimp edges with a fork.
3. Fry pies in hot vegetable oil until golden brown.

Pastry Dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
6 Tbsp. butter, cut into cubes and chilled
1/4 cup ice water

1. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Cut butter into mixture with pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles peas. Stir in ice water. Shape dough into a disc; cover with plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour.

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