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FRIED APPLE or PEACH PIES

Fried Apple or Peach Pies

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Fried Apple or Peach Pies are a delightful treat that combines the sweetness of fruit with the flakiness of fried pastry. Perfect for a cozy dessert or a special treat, these pies are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Whether you choose apples or peaches, the result is sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried apples or dried peaches
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 1 can jumbo refrigerated flaky biscuits
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Rehydrate the Fruit: In a medium saucepan, combine the dried apples or peaches with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the fruit is soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Sweeten the Filling: Add the sugar, butter, and cinnamon or apple pie spice to the saucepan. Stir well to combine and continue to cook until the mixture thickens and the fruit breaks down, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Cool the Filling: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the fruit filling cool slightly.

Step 2: Prepare the Biscuits

  1. Flatten the Biscuits: Open the can of jumbo refrigerated flaky biscuits. On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit into a 6-inch circle using a rolling pin.
  2. Add the Filling: Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the fruit filling onto the center of each rolled-out biscuit.
  3. Seal the Pies: Fold the biscuit over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press the edges together with a fork to seal the pies securely.

Step 3: Fry the Pies

  1. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or deep fryer, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C).
  2. Fry the Pies: Carefully place the sealed pies into the hot oil, frying a few at a time to avoid overcrowding. Fry each side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Drain the Pies: Remove the fried pies from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 4: Serve

  1. Cool Slightly: Allow the fried pies to cool for a few minutes before serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
  2. Optional Toppings: Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and milk for extra sweetness.

Tips and Variations

Tips

  • Prevent Leaks: Ensure the edges of the pies are well-sealed to prevent the filling from leaking out during frying.
  • Monitor Oil Temperature: Use a thermometer to maintain the oil temperature at around 350°F (175°C) for even frying.

Variations

  • Different Spices: Experiment with different spices like nutmeg or allspice for unique flavors.
  • Fresh Fruit: Substitute dried fruit with fresh fruit for a different texture. If using fresh fruit, cook it down until soft before adding sugar and spices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I bake these pies instead of frying them?

A: Yes, you can bake the pies. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake the sealed pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Q: How do I store leftover pies?

A: Store leftover pies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Q: Can I use different types of biscuits?

A: Yes, you can use any type of refrigerated biscuit dough, but flaky biscuits tend to give the best texture for these fried pies.

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Q: What can I serve with these pies?

A: These pies are delicious on their own but can be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat.

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Fried Apple or Peach Pies are a nostalgic and comforting dessert that brings the flavors of homemade pie into a quick and easy recipe. Perfect for any occasion, these pies are sure to impress with their sweet, fruity filling and crispy, golden exterior. Enjoy the process of making these delightful treats and savor every bite!

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