OLD TIMEY FRIED APPLE PIES

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This recipe for Fried Apple Pies is made using dried apples and homemade crusts.  They are either deep fried or fried in a skillet like my Mama used to make years ago.  The only difference is I did not dry the apples and she dried her own apples. There is a recipe for Easy Fried Apple Pies using canned biscuits and Luck’s apples on the site, too. They are both good but this one reminds me of the times I watched Mama frying these pies in a kitchen with no air conditioning or on a cold winter day using the dried apples from summer.

Apple pies made the old fashioned way!

Apple Pie Filling

2 (4.5 ounce) packages dried apples

3 cups water

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cover dried apples with water and cook on top of the stove over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes until water is almost all absorbed by the apples.  Add the white sugar, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Continue cooking another five to 10 minutes while stirring and mashing the apples until they look like pie filling. Remove and set aside to cool.

Dough for Pie Crusts

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup shortening

1 teaspoon salt

Water – 1 cup more or less

Cut shortening into flour until looks like coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle in salt.  Add water a little at a time until you can form a dough.  Turn out onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut dough into circles about 7 inches across.  (I use a plastic bowl)  Your circles can be smaller if you want.  I just like a good sized fried pie.  Fill each circle with about 2 tablespoons of the apples.  Moisten the edges of the circle with some water on your fingers.  Fold over and seal.  Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pies together.

Cooking the Pies

Oil – Enough to be about 1/2 inch deep in your skillet (I use Canola oil)

It is easier for me to use two slotted spatulas to lower the pies into the oil.  You can use whatever works for you.  Fry pies until a golden brown on each side.  Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  This makes about 12 fried pies.  Enjoy! Note:  If you have any filling left over, it’s great for breakfast on my homemade buttermilk biscuits!

 
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Fried Apple Pies

This recipe for Fried Apple Pies is made using dried apples and homemade crusts. They are either deep fried or fried in a skillet. This is an old time recipe that has been around a long time. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: fried apple pies
Servings: 12 pies
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 4.5 ounce packages dried apples
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Dough for Pie Crusts

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water – 1 cup more or less

Cooking the Pies

  • Oil – Enough to be about 1/2 inch deep in your skillet I use Canola oil

Instructions

Apple Pie Filling Instructions

  • Cover dried apples with water and cook on top of the stove over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes until water is almost all absorbed by the apples. Add the white sugar, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Continue cooking another five to 10 minutes while stirring and mashing the apples until they look like pie filling. Remove and set aside to cool.

Dough Instructions

  • Cut shortening into flour until looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in salt. Add water a little at a time until you can form a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into circles about 7 inches across. (I use a plastic bowl)
  • Your circles can be smaller if you want. I just like a good sized fried pie. Fill each circle with about 2 tablespoons of the apples. Moisten the edges of the circle with some water on your fingers. Fold over and seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pies together.

Cooking the Pies

  • Oil – Enough to be about 1/2 inch deep in your skillet (I use Canola oil)
  • It is easier for me to use two slotted spatulas to lower the pies into the oil. You can use whatever works for you. Fry pies until a golden brown on each side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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