Mama's Fried Pies
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 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