Fried Apple Pies
Fried pies are old-fashioned southern comfort food.
4 cups peeled and sliced apples
4 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- For Filling: In a saucepan, combine sliced apples and water. Simmer until tender then cool. Mash then stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Chill.
- For Crust: Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in shortening until well blended. Add milk gradually in small increments (you may not need the total amount indicated in the recipe) to form a stiff but moist dough.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll out dough 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into 4-inch rounds. Place about 2 tablespoons of the apple filling in the center of each circle. Moisten the edges with water then fold the pastries in half, pressing the edges together. Place on wax paper or parchment.
- Heat oil to 365°F (185°C) and fry the pies until browned on both sides. Drain.
Makes 12 individual fried pies.