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Fried Apple Pies

Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 14 hrs, 18 mins
Yield Makes 1 1/2 dozen
There's enough filling to make a second batch of these delicious pies, or you can freeze it for later. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Apple Filling
  • 1 (5-oz.) package dried apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Remaining Ingredient
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Dough: Stir together flour and sugar. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 12 to 24 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare Filling: Bring apples and water to cover (about 3 1/2 cups) to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.

  3. Drain apples; place in a large bowl. Coarsely mash apples with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar and next 4 ingredients. (A pastry blender does a great job.) Cover and chill 12 to 24 hours.

  4. Prepare Cinnamon Sugar: Stir together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon.

  5. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 18 portions; shape into balls. Flatten into 3-inch circles; roll into 5-inch circles. Working with 1 circle at a time, spoon 1 Tbsp. filling into center of each circle; brush edge with water. Fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal.

  6. Fry, in batches, in hot oil 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides of hot pies with cinnamon sugar.