Southern Fried Apple Pies Recipe
If you happen to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, these little pies make a perfect ending to a meal of traditional southern soul food. You can even top them with a scoop of ice cream if you're serving them at the table, but they make a nice snack that can be held in the hand. If you dare, you can fry them in lard, like they did in days past; if you don't dare, you can fry them in something a little more healthy. Either way, these pies will be a treat that everyone will love.
2 cups dried apples
2 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons shortening
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
1/2 cup lard, or shortening (about)
- Filling: Mix the apples, water, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the crock of a 1 1/2 - 2 quart slow cooker.
- Cover, turn the slow cooker to high, and cook 1 1/2 - 3 hours.
- Stir well (The apples will have absorbed all of the liquid); remove the cover and let cool.
- Crust: Mix the flour and salt in the food processor.
- Cut the butter into chunks and process with the shortening until it looks like cornmeal.
- Add the ice water and process just until it forms a ball.
- Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured pastry cloth.
- Cut 5" circles from the dough; gather up the scraps and reroll; cut more circles.
- Divide the filling between the circles, placing a scoop in the center of each.
- Dip your fingers in ice water and run them around the outside of each circle; fold over, press the edges with a fork.
- Heat the lard or oil over medium heat in a large skillet - preferably cast iron.
- Fry the pies until golden on each side.
- Remove to drain on paper towels and serve immediately or within two days.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 238
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 49% Protein 3% Carb. 48%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 26 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Sodium 326 mg
Total Carbohydrate 58 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 1% Calcium 0% Iron 7%
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