Fried Pies are delicious. Just delicious. They're a pocket sized version of the best desert in the world, second only to turkish delight.
Backstory: (Yes, there is always a backstory to my ibles) My Aunt Mabel (not really my aunt, but that's what everyone calls her) (95 and still kickin' baby), makes a load of these for family reunions, and everyone loves them. But, I wasn't able to contact Mabel, so I relied on my Step-Grandma, Bernice, who is just as good at making fried pies as the next person. So, I got her recipe, followed her instructions, and produced a result. BTW, all props for this Instructable go to her. Thank you Bernice.
This will make about six pies.
Step 1: Making the Filling.
The filling is regular apple pie filling. Like all other pies, you can use just about whatever filling hits your fancy. Cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Heck, you might even want to try a veggie pie. Whatever you want. This is a classic apple filling. I used golden apples, from Washington!
First: Stick all your filling ingredients into a pot.
Second: Turn your burner on medium high.
Third: Cook until the apples are soft. Make sure to keep stirring, that way it doesn't burn.
You have to cook the filling now, otherwise it will not cook when you fry it.
Set it aside while you make your crust, so it cools.
Step 2: Ingredients and Other Technical Gadgetry, Like Pans.
We need two sets of ingredients, one for the filling, and one for the crust:
Filling - 3 cups of sliced apples (I used two golden apples)
2/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (your choice)
2 tablespoons of whole milk
2 tablespoons of butter
Crust - 3/4 cup of Crisco
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of icewater
You'll also need oil and a pan for frying, and two spatulas (for flipping)
Step 3: Making the Shell (pie Crust).
Typical Pie Crust:
Cut your shortening (Crisco - BTW, not very tasty, don't stick a finger full in your mouth, I would rather eat glue) into your flour mixed with salt and sugar. Add ice water to form into a dough.
Roll your dough into about six circles, about eight to ten (or twelve) inches long. Make sure to flour your surface.
Step 4: Mating Filling With Crust.
Evenly devide your filling between your circles. Put it in the middle.
Fold your crust over, crimping the edges, so they look like the pies in the picture. They're ready to fry.
Step 5: Make Them Burn.
Put your pan and oil (estimate on the oil, about a half an inch) on a burner on medium high. Let it heat up before you put your pies in, or you'll get soggy, oily pies.
Once hot, gently place your pies into the oil. Flip when they are golden brown. When they are done, place them on a plate covered in plenty of paper towels, and dab the tops off with more paper towel, to remove excess oil.
Step 6: Eat.
Your pies are done! Let them sit for a while, and make sure they cool before eating. If you want to make a ton for later, you could freeze them if you wanted, and then put them into the fridge to defrost when you wanted some. Go ahead, nuke it.
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