Chocolate fried pies (as made in Tn.)

10 to 15
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I make good fried pies and a lot of people have ask for chocolate ones like their Granny made years ago ....This is updated a bit but very good ...I hope you enjoy it.


21/2 c
1/4 c
plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
10 oz
unsalted butter (room temperature)
ingredients ...pastry...
2 c
all purpose flour, about
2 tsp
baking powder
3/4 tsp
6 Tbsp
3/4 c
egg mixed with 1 to 2 teaspoons water
vegetable oil or canola oil ,for frying

Directions Step-By-Step

Place the sugar ,cocoa powder, salt ,and butter into a large zipper topped bag . Squeeze the bag to mix and combine the ingredients.Cut a hole in one corner of the bag . Squeeze or pipe one or two tablespoons of the mixture into the dough center and proceed as for other fried pies. Yield 10 to 15 pies
Combine the flour ,baking powder and salt in the food processer bowl . Pulse for a few seconds and then pour into a LARGE mixing bowl.
Add the shortening and knead into the flour with your hands until it is crumbly.Add the milk all at once. Mix with a spatula until it begins to come together . Lightly flour your hands and the countertop and turn the dough out on to the countertop . Knead the dough ball ,folding over 10 or 20 times. Use a rolling pin roll out the dough to 1/3 to1/2 thickness , then cut into rounds with
a 2 1/4 inch ring cutter or you can use a cup or a glass that is approximatly that size . Roll each round as thin as you can till it is about 5 inches in diameter. Spoon in the filling ,1 or 2 spoonfulls,( or squeeze in if making Chocolate pies)
onto the dough circles , brush the edges of half the circle lightly with egg wash ,fold over and seal the edges together by pressing together with the prongs of a fork . Dip in flour if you need to. . Press down softly to flatten and spread the filling out a little .
Pan fry the pies in skillet or saute pan in 1 or 2 tablespoons oil use low heat ...once heated place 2 or 3 pies in a time into the pan and saute until golden brown on both sides ...about 4 minutes per side till done. Allow to cool 4 or 5 min. before you serve them.

This pastry works with other filling quite well even canned pie filling.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chocolate, Other Desserts

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Rebecca B Beccabug1121
Jun 20, 2015
too bad this is the exact copy of Alton Brown's Pocket Pie recipe from 2005...a few (just a few) words added to the directions, but otherwise his EXACT recipe and directions with no credit given.
pat reese misspdreese
Sep 18, 2011
I too have searched for the recipe for my husband.his mother made these or something like these for them when they were children .but as most recipes goes no one had it and she is gone i am hoping this will bring some fond memories to him.i have made them several times trying to duplicate but could close 1 time but nope.ot was a waste of a lot of ingerdiants
Brenda Lumbley blumbley
Jul 4, 2011
This sounds exactly like the ones my grandmother used to make. I remember that the chocolate filling was almost chewy and I think that's what I loved about them. I'm not fond of the ones I've bought because they are too much like pudding inside. How would you compare yours to what I've described?
May 28, 2011 - Bea L. shared this recipe with discussion groups: CHATTERBOX I Love Everything..... Pies, Pies & More Pies...
Linda Rae rheabug
Apr 9, 2011
My Mom tried to make chocolate fried pies many years ago, but was not sucessful. Every since that time I have wondered how to do this. So I am very glad to get to try this recipe. I love chocolate and I love fried pies so maybe at the age of 65 I will be sucessful! Thanks for sharing!