Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fried Peach Pies


Grandma Keeling's fried pies were simple, that's not to say that they weren't the most delicious treat that came out of that old kitchen. She was a country cook who used lard and white flour and didn't have to go to the store for everything, they grew most of what they needed. Every morning she put on her apron and made biscuits for Grandpa, he would have thought the world would have come to an end if he didn't have a hot biscuit on his plate alongside his eggs at 7AM! Those biscuits were enjoyed with honey or sorghum or preserves that had been put up over the summer months when their little orchard produced peaches, apples and pears. Grandma also dried the fruits, spreading them out on steel screens that Grandpa fashioned out of old window frames just for this purpose. On special mornings she'd put that little saucepan on the back burner and add some dried peaches in preparation for making her fried pies. As the peaches cooked down the smell of summer filled the kitchen, even if it was the dead of Winter. If you had a Granny who made these for you, I don't have to explain how good they are. If you didn't, you need to make them... just once. Make sure you do it when someone you love is there with you to absorb the goodness♥♥♥

Fried Peach Pies
Filling
6-7 ounces dried fruit (peaches, apples, apricots)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dough
2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp salt
1/2 C Crisco Grandma used lard
1/2 C of milk
Put the dried fruit in a saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until the fruit is tender, about 15 minutes. Add the cinnamon, then mash with a fork. Set aside while you make the dough.Place flour and salt in a bowl and stir together. Cut in the shortening with a fork and add the milk and stir until dough sticks together. Divide into about 8-10 balls. Roll each out on a floured surface, in 5-6" circles. Place 2 tablespoons or so of filling in each. You want them full but not enough that it oozes out. Wet the edges and fold over, crimping with a fork. Cook in oil which has been heated on medium heat, until brown on both sides, turning as needed. Remove to paper towel lined plate.

Stand back and wait for compliments!

16 comments:

  1. I've made fried pies before but not quite this way. These sound yummy. Gonna have to give 'em a try!

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    1. There are quick versions of this, one made by rolling out canned biscuits with pie filling. Acceptable but not the same! Busy days you have to get inventive...

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  2. I have never heard of fried pies before. I am amazed what I learn from my blogland friends. I'm not much of a baker, but they do sound delicious.

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    1. They are good and really don't take long at all. Just be warned they are GOOD and won't last long!

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  3. Nothing in the world like good "granny cooking" They just seem to have a way of making things a little extra special.

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    1. I guess it was "practice made perfect!"

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  4. You and I are just getting to know each other! I am your newest follower!!! You don't know this but my husband and I are WILD about apricot pies! I could NOT believe it when I hopped over to your blog and LO AND BEHOLD....your recipe for fried pies! WITH the word 'apricot' ......

    I just told my husband what I've found and he said, "Are you serious?"

    Oh, I am going to LOVE your blog!!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda for following and what I didn't say in the post was that APRICOT were MY favorite!!! No one makes these anymore and they are soooo delicious. I have seen the recipes with pie filling, but girl they are NOT the same! Dried fruit has a wonderful flavor, consistency that is the difference. I can just smell them coming out of that old black cast iron skillet...

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  5. Fried pies are completely new to me, but do they ever sound good. I hope you'll post a photo of one of them sometime when you make them - I'm trying to imagine what they must look like - but I can well imagine how good they would smell.
    I love the shot of the aprons!

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    1. They are little half moons, golden brown! I make them rarely, it seems we are always watching our sugars or fats... I hate diets!

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  6. I love these stories you tell...and the recipes too of course. xo

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    1. Thanks Sherri, lots of good memories swirling around in this old head!

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  7. Holy Hips! I would love these as much as my hips would!...:)JP

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    1. If you allow the fried pie to "breathe," the calories fall out the end...

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  8. Oh my gosh...DIVINE! Who in the world does not love a Fried Pie? Joycee,ya'll need to come visit us in TX and we will make this together....let's have a glass of wine and a Fried Pie!!! LOVE!

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    1. I'm on my way! You most likely had a Grandma and Mom who made these little pies from Heaven, so good!

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