Last fall, I picked fruit off of a tree for the first time and ate it. Fresh apples. They were
some of the best apples I’d ever eaten. I don’t normally like – let alone eat – just plain apples, but if I lived near Mercier Orchards down in Blue Ridge, Georgia…I’d probably eat them more often.
The apples were perfectly crisp, sweet and juicy.
The fresh, fried apple pies at the bakery were very good. Remembering this recently, I got inspired to get in the kitchen and try whipping some up!
Here is the recipe: (adapted from food.com, by Byzula)
Fried Apple Pies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup canola oil
• Peel and dice apples. Add sugar and cinnamon. Cook in a saucepan on low heat. Cook until soft, then mash with a fork to form a thick applesauce.
• Sift flour and salt together. Cut in the shortening. Add water and mix with a fork.
• Roll out to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured board. Cut with a large round cookie cutter (4-inches in diameter.).
• In each round, place 1 heaping tablespoons fruit. Moisten edges with cold water, fold and press edge with a fork.
• Heat oil in a large skillet on med-high heat. Fry pies, a few at a time, 2-3 minutes on each side.
• Cook until golden brown.
• Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, and allow to cool.
These were good!
I only wished that there were more jelly inside. The apple filling was a bit dry. I needed it to ooze out…just a little bit! Lol I’m sure it was my fault because, I omitted some of the sugar and probably cooked the apples a tad too long (I like very soft apples in apple pie). Anyway, the crust was nice & flaky! All that was missing was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
I got 8 pies from this recipe. I used gala apples, and a 3.75 inch diameter cup (rim) to cut the pastry dough because, I don’t have any cookie cutters in my kitchen. Can you believe that?