Mama's Fried Pies

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
6 pastries

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 homemade pie crust, recipe follows, or substitute with ready-made biscuit dough
  • Oil, for frying
  • Homemade Pie Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water
Directions
  • Cook fruit in water until tender. Drain and mix with sugar and margarine. Mash well. Refrigerate overnight if possible. Roll out homemade piecrust dough and cut into saucer-sized circles.

  • Spoon fruit onto circles and fold over into crescent shapes, then close the edges completely with a fork. Fry until golden brown. Place fried pies on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

  • Variations: For baked pies, place crescents on a lightly-greased baking sheet in a 400 degree oven until golden brown.

  • For apple pies, use dried apples and add apple pie spice (or nutmeg and cinnamon) and vanilla to taste.

  • For prune pies, use dry, pitted prunes and add vanilla to taste.

Homemade Pie Crust:
  • Place the flour and a dash of salt in a mixing bowl. Add the shortening and cut it in with a pastry blender or use your hands, as I do. Add the water, a teaspoon at a time, kneading until the dough is smooth.

  • Yield: 1 pie crust


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