Fried Cherry Walnut Pies

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
2 dozen pies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 2 premade pie crusts
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
Directions
  • In a Dutch oven or deep fryer, pour the oil to a depth of 5 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

  • In a cold medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and eggs. Stir in the walnuts, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cherries. Cool for 20 minutes.

  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll 1 pie crust. Cut circles from the dough using a 4-inch cutter. Re-roll and cut circles from the dough scraps. Stack the dough circles between pieces of wax paper. Repeat the procedure with the remaining pie crusts.

  • Place 1 pie crust circle on a flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of the crust with beaten egg yolk. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of walnut mixture in the center of the circle. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and walnut mixture.

  • Fry the pies, in batches, until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Lightly dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.


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