Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fried Apple Pies


1 1/2         - cups sliced dried apples
2               - cups water
1               - tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2            - cup sugar
3/4            - teaspoon cinnamon
1/2            - teaspoon ground nutmeg
2               - cups all-purpose flour
1/2            - teaspoon salt
1/2            - cup shortening
1/4 to 1/2   - cup milk
                 - vegetable oil
                 - sifted powdered sugar


Step 1
- Combine apples and water in a medium saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until apples are soft and liquid evaporates.

Step 2
- Mash mixture with a fork. Stir in butter and next 3 ingredients; set apple mixture aside.

Step 3
- Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry mixtures are moistened.

Step 4
- Divide pastry into 6 portions. Roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, and cut each into a 6-inch circle.

Step 5
- Spoon one-sixth of apple mixture on half of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over apple mixture, pressing edges to seal. Crimp edges with a fork.

Step 6
- Pour oil to depth of 1/2-inch into a large heavy skillet. Fry pies in hot oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, turning once. Drain well on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yield: 6 pies

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