Plenty of people love apple pie but not too many outside of the Southern United States have heard of Fried Apple Pies. These are a quick and easy dessert that can be made from scratch or with a little help from a package.
To make these from scratch, you’ll need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of cold water, 2 good sized apples, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1 cup of vegetable oil. Peel the apples and cut them into chunks, add the cinnamon and the sugar and cook in a medium saucepan on low until the apples are soft enough to mash into a thick applesauce consistency. If you prefer, you can skip the mashing step and just cook the apples until they are soft. In a separate bowl mix the lour and salt and then cut the shortening in. Slowly add the water and mix until the dough sticks together. Roll it out until it’s a uniform 1/8 inch thick and use a 4 inch cookie cutter to make dough rounds. Put a heaping tablespoon of apples on top and then fold them over and pres the edges together with a fork. Heat the oil on medium-high heat and fry the pies for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Once they are done, drain them on a paper towel and sprinkle them with a bit of confectioners sugar if you like. If you want to skip the dough making process, you can use canned biscuits like the Pillsbury Grands.
Although in their fried form they aren’t the healthiest deserts in the world, they are delicious. If you are more health conscious, you can bake these as well. Just make sure you coat them with butter before placing them in the oven.