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.