Little fried apple pies.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
6 to 8 fried pies
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Pastry:
For the Apple Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Sift flour and salt together. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix with fork. When the flour mixture is moistened, gather it into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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  • Peel and dice the apples and place them in a saucepan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon; pour over the apples and toss to coat. Cook, covered, in a saucepan on low heat. Cook until soft, then mash with fork to form a thick applesauce. Allow to cool.

  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut rounds with a large cookie cutter (4 inches in diameter).

  • In each round, place 1 heaping tablespoon fruit. Moisten edges with cold water, fold in half, and press edge with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry the pies, a few at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on each side; cook until the crust is golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Cook's Note:

You can also fry these in melted shortening or lard.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

755 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 34.9g 11% DV; fat 68.2g 105% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 292.1mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2004
This recipe makes very authentic tasting pies although I did alter the applesauce recipe because I like mine to be really chunky and spiced with nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon. I also used brown sugar (1/2 c. packed dark brown) in place of white sugar. The applesauce has a slightly spicier and richer flavor this way. I also would suggest piercing the pies with a fork before frying to help aid in cooking the whole way through and preventing steam from building up inside and creating large air bubbles. Making good pie crust is essential to having a good pie. Butter crusts usually have a stronger flakier flavor and texture if that is what you prefer. Make sure you don't overwork the crust or mix it too much or it will become tough and bland. Add the water a little bit at a time (about a Tbsp at a time) just until there is enough water to hold the dough together. Also make sure the water is ice cold to help keep the butter or shortening from softening up. Anyone who had difficulty getting the crust the cook the entire way through without becoming very dark and crisp on the outside should try rolling the dough thinner. An eighth of an inch is less than you might think. If you have made the dough well it will roll out and hold together. However keep in mind that the more time you roll out the dough the tougher it will be once cooked. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/09/2011
I gave this recipe only one star because my fried apple pies fell apart during cooking and the pastry tasted like shortening...i followed the recipe exactly so idk what happened:/ Read More
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251 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2004
This recipe makes very authentic tasting pies although I did alter the applesauce recipe because I like mine to be really chunky and spiced with nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon. I also used brown sugar (1/2 c. packed dark brown) in place of white sugar. The applesauce has a slightly spicier and richer flavor this way. I also would suggest piercing the pies with a fork before frying to help aid in cooking the whole way through and preventing steam from building up inside and creating large air bubbles. Making good pie crust is essential to having a good pie. Butter crusts usually have a stronger flakier flavor and texture if that is what you prefer. Make sure you don't overwork the crust or mix it too much or it will become tough and bland. Add the water a little bit at a time (about a Tbsp at a time) just until there is enough water to hold the dough together. Also make sure the water is ice cold to help keep the butter or shortening from softening up. Anyone who had difficulty getting the crust the cook the entire way through without becoming very dark and crisp on the outside should try rolling the dough thinner. An eighth of an inch is less than you might think. If you have made the dough well it will roll out and hold together. However keep in mind that the more time you roll out the dough the tougher it will be once cooked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2004
Very good recipe, the apples came out delicious! I too got lazy and used Grands biscuits. I also baked these instead of frying them. I melted butter in a stoneware pan, coated the pies on both sides and baked 5 minutes on each side. They turned out awesome, they were slightly buttery and less fattening. My husband said they were just like his mother's, which was the result I was looking for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
OK...so I was a little sceptical.. I admit I love Mc Donalds fried apple pies.... and these are BETTER! They also free from all the preservatives, flavor modifiers and colors those guys put in. I made some changes to the filling - I added 1 tsp butter to saute apples and at the end I added 1 tbs of flour mixed with 1 cup of water. I cooked that down on low heat for 5 minutes and got that nice, cinammony goopy sauce that pours out when you bit it! Everybody in the family ate two.. wanted more but they were gone. happy cooking :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2004
O.K. Melissa I'll admit it I definitely cheated a bit with this recipe. After making two loaves of bread I wasn't in the mood to make yet another dough so I took out a can of Grands flaky biscuits rolled each one out and filled with the apples. I also used two tablespoons of butter while cooking my apples didn't mash them and used more cinnamon. These were absolutely incredible! I think I'll try this recipe with peaches next time. Thanks for a great idea!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2007
The taste of these were great. I used my own dough recipie. (1/2c. butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 1/2c. flour and up to 1/2c. cold water). The only thing I had problem with was my dough melting when I put the filling in hot. Let the filling cool first. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2007
I love McDonalds fried apple pies but my nearest McDonalds is a loooong way away. I've been looking for a recipe to make similar ones at home and here it is! These pies came out DELICIOUS!!! The pie dough came out perfect! They were golden and crunchy on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside. I used butter instead of shortening though for extra flavour. I changed the filling recipe to the mock McDonalds one - chunky apples with more cinnamon nutmeg brown sugar lemon zest and a touch of cornstarch with lemon juice for thickening. I'm DEFINITELY making these pies again!!! Even better flavour and at a fraction of the price of the McDonald's ones:D Thanks to the author for this recipe!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
YUM! Everyone LOVED these!!!! The only change I made though was that I added vanilla cinnamon and ground ginger to the dough since some people's reviews said that it didn't have enough flavor. That did it for us! Thanks for the DELICIOUS recipe=) Will double or maybe even triple the recipe next time!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2006
This is the easist recipe to follow. I have never made the crust from scratch before. I have always used canned biscuits. Never again. This is the best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2013
Memories are made of this.... Just like Mammaw use to make... Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/09/2011
I gave this recipe only one star because my fried apple pies fell apart during cooking and the pastry tasted like shortening...i followed the recipe exactly so idk what happened:/ Read More
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