Apricot Fried Pies

Sometimes I'll see a display of fried pies somewhere and succumbing to nostalgia, buy one. It's usually pretty disappointing because it seems no one can quite recapture the taste of the pies the little bakery in our town made years ago. I remember how hard it was to decide which kind of pie to buy when I went there, everything was so good. I know apricot, peach, and chocolate were my top three. I by no means have their recipes, but by making fried pies at home, I can get closer to that long ago taste and freshness that I remember.

The pies I made today are apricot, but any dried fruit you like will work. The pastry is the same no matter what filling is used. The best advice I can give is to be sure to roll the dough out thin, no thicker than 1/8-inch, as the self-rising flour puffs a little when it fries.

Apricot Fried Pies

1 (6 ounce) package dried apricots, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

To soak, use just enough water to cover apricots. After soaking, pour apricots and remaining water into a medium sauce pan. Add sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium -  low heat until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

2 cups self-rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
1/2 cup ice water
Oil for frying

In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Add egg yolk and shortening, mix using a pastry cutter until mixture becomes crumbly. Add ice water, stir until dough forms. Pour dough onto a floured surface and roll to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 6-inch rounds. Place 2-3 tablespoons filling on each round. Fold over and seal edges by crimping with a fork moistened in water. Place pastries on a parchment paper lined tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Pour oil 1/4-inch deep into heavy frying skillet. Heat to medium - high. Place a few pies at a time in the hot oil and fry 2 -3 minutes on each side until browned. Drain. Makes 8. Can be glazed or dusted with powdered sugar, if desired.


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  1. You are right. It is hard to find a good fried pie. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I can just about taste how heavenly these would be, Anita! I have some dried cherries that I'll bet would be wonderful, too.

  3. I've never heard of a fried pie before but this looks delicious!

  4. I get that its cheating but could you use pie crust instead of making homemade dough?

    1. I’ve never tried a purchased crust, but I think it would work. Let me know how you like it.