This recipe has a story...Mrs. Neely was a school teacher and I was helping care for her elderly husband. Now, I was a Northerner who had only been in Tennessee for a very short time, upon arriving for work one morning there was a note on the counter, " Mr. Neely would like fried peach pies for breakfast." What?....I had never even heard of fried pies...Panic, find a cookbook fast!!! Well, the results were wonderful. I never did tell Mrs. Neely that that was my first attempt at making fried pies. The following is the recipe I used that day and have been using every since.
Sift flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Add evaporated milk, egg and oil. Mix well. Chill 2 hours. Sprinkle small amount of flour on flat surface. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 6 inch circles(about the size of a saucer.)
While dough chills, cut fruit into quarters and pace in sauce pan with the 2-1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until fruit is very soft. Stir in the 2/3 cup sugar. Cool.
Place a 1/4 cup fruit on each circle. Fold over, moisten edges and seal using tines of fork. Fry in skillet in shallow oil until puffed and golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Can be eaten warm or cold.
NOTE: The pies can be fried in a deep fryer at 375 degrees, until golden brown.