A group of our neighbors had a little get-together for the 4th of July and kindly invited us. All of the families contributed in one way or another to the community feast and, as the 4th is our nations birthday and all, Miss Calamity and I decided to bring fried apple pies.
For years, I searched for the perfect crust for fried fruit pies, only to be disappointed time and again. When I used regular pie crust, the results were dismal - the crusts crumbled, were too thick and never held together. Every attempt I made seemed to bring me a little closer to an acceptable crust, but perfection alluded me. Finally, on a whim, I tried a pasty crust recipe from a little known cookbook called Hearth & Home by Karey Swan. It was fabulous! Finally, an easy to make, easy to handle, perfect crust for fried hand pies. We fill these pies with everything from blackberries to apples to pears - whatever we can think of. We limit ourselves to making these about two times a year, otherwise, none of our clothes would fit!
This is what fried apple pies were meant to be!.....
Fried Pie Pastry
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 tsp. salt
3 T. sugar (omit if using for meat pies)
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
Cut up the butter into a bowl and add the boiling water, stirring till melted. Stir in the salt and flour till forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate while making the filling. Cut into 16 equal pieces and roll out on floured board.
|Melting the butter with hot water|
|Adding the flour|
|Stir into a ball (the dough is very|
soft and malleable)
|Wrap in plastic wrap and put into refrigerator|
Apples (pealed and sliced) (fresh or canned)
Flour (sprinkled over fruit - less for fresh fruit, slightly more for canned fruit)
Sugar (to taste)
Cinnamon (to taste)
Really, I just fake the filling. I use whatever I have handy. For the 4th of July apple pies, I used 9 quarts of canned apples, about 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar (the apples were sweet) and 2 T cinnamon. I adjust the sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit and add a little bit of nutmeg if I am using pears instead of apples. Just about any berry works well also (although I have never tried strawberries).
|Four of the nine jars of canned apples that we used|
|I drain the apples in a colander|
|Adding the flour and sugar to the apples|
|Next comes the cinnamon|
|Gently stir to combine|
|Put filling on 1/2 of a rolled out pie crust|
|Fold the pie crust over the filling|
|Use a fork to seal the edges of the pies|
|Fry until lightly browned (about 5 minutes per side)|
|Freshly fried pies|
|Adding powdered sugar to the butter and|
vanilla in the icing
|Adding milk to create a drizzle|
|Stirring to combine|
|Beating with a hand beater|
|A whole bunch of empty jars!|