Texan Fried Pies Recipe

Step 1

Place apricots with enough water to cover in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, recude heat and simmer for 30 mins. Drain and mash. Stir in sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

Step 2

Make pastry while apricots are cooking. Combine flour and salt in large mixing bowl; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles course meal. Combine egg and water; sprinkle over flour mixture. Add vinegar and lightly stir with a fork until mixture forms a ball. Wrap pastry in wax paper; chill at least 1 hr, or until ready to use.

Step 3

Roll dough to 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into circles (4-6"). Place 1 or 2 TB apricot mixture in center of each pastry circle. Moisten edges of pastry, fold in half, making sure edges are even. Press edges of pastry together using a fork dipped in flour. Heat 1" of oil to 375F in a large skillet. Cook pies until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Drain well on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, granulated sugar or sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Other fruits may be substituted. Prepare them as you would for a pie.

Things You'll Need

  • 12oz Dried Apricots
  • 1/2c Sugar
  • 1tb Lemon juice
  • 1/2ts Cinnamon
  • 1/2ts Nutmeg
  • 3c All-purpose flour
  • 1ts Salt
  • 3/4c Shortening
  • 1/4c Water
  • Egg, beaten
  • 1ts Vinegar

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