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Let's Make Fried Apple Pies
Making Delicious Fried Pies is Not Hard!
The name, fried apple pie, conjures up so many memories, from helping mom make these yummy treasures to eating them with all their appley goodness oozing out around the sides. Making these little pies isn't hard, either. You can use the ages-old method of making and rolling out your own dough or take a short-cut and use refrigerated biscuits. You can also cook your own apples or use canned fried apples. Either one is great, but I like to peel and cook my own apples so I can control the amount of sugar, cinnamon and butter that go into the pies.
Smell the cinnamon and butter bubble and mingle in the pot as your apples cook to just the right consistency. if you are using canned apples and want to jazz up the flavor a little, it's simple. Just put them in a pot, add your choice of flavors (spice 'em up with cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg -- the list goes on and on!) You can let your imagination go wild with options when making your own fried pies - or anything for that matter. You can even use other types of fruit, although apple is the most common. How about cherry fried pies, or blackberry. Ohhh -- and blueberry!
Cook for the Fun of It!
Start at the Beginning
The best place to start making fried apple pies is choosing the fruit. What kind of apple is best? Depends on your personal taste - I use Granny Smith for their tartness. They pair well with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Refer to my lens, "The Beautiful Apple", for tips on comparing apples to apples.
If it's an apple, it can't be bad! My recipe below isn't exact science, so it leaves plenty of room to experiment and make apple pies like you want them. Call it "design-a-pie"! You start with the basics and go from there - have fun with it! I'm not good at cooking exactly like someone else, so I usually improvise.
Get the whole family involved and film the fun! Then you can enjoy it again later when you watch your own cooking video! Who needs the television cooking channels when you have your own?
The Perfect Pie
My method for making fried apple pies is fairly simple -- I peel and core the apples, and cut them into chunks. Then I add these ingredients to make them yummy:
cinnamon -- add to suit your taste - I like a lot of cinnamon!
brown sugar -- about 1 cup -- use more or less to taste
butter -- need lots of butter to make it taste good! About 2 tablespoons to start -- then add more as you desire while they're cooking
water-- I use about 1/2 cup of water to keep them from burning
1 roll of refrigerated biscuits (keep cool until ready to use)
Put cut up apples in a medium cooking pot on stove top on medium heat.
Add the water first, then put in the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar
I like some fresh nutmeg too. You can add finely chopped nuts to the mixture after cooking it, if desired.
Cook the apples until they're soft and very tender. Set aside.
Next open the roll of biscuits, take a biscuit and roll out until its a flat and thin circle (not too thin that it breaks, though).
When you have it rolled out to the size you want, spoon some of the apple mixture onto one side and fold the other side over so it resembles a turnover.
Then fry in heated skillet. I use butter to fry the pies in. You can also use oil, but butter is better!! (in my opinion anyway)
When pies are done, set aside on a plate or paper towel. Enjoy! I like to eat them as is, but you can get fancy and add ice cream, caramel topping or whatever you like!
It Gets Better
How can a fried pie be made better? Scratch-made dough! Yes, homemade dough is a great option and you can control what goes into it if you need a healthy option. I don't have a tried-and-true recipe to share. A quick search will turn up basic recipes that can be customized. Add a dash of cinnamon for an extra special touch. Gluten-free options are also out there. My homemade pies using scratch-made dough turned out good, but I had flour and dough everywhere! It just adds to the fun, right?
Whatever method you use to make the pies, it will be a treat. Hmmm.. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. It might be time for me to make some more fried pies!
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