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fried apple hand pie

(1 rating)
Kitchen Crew
By Kitchen Crew

These old-fashioned fried apple hand pies are made with a sweet homemade apple filling full of warm spices. It's stuffed inside a flaky and crisp homemade pie crust. Brushing a glaze on top while they are warm adds just the right touch of sweetness. Smaller than a turnover, they're a delicious handheld treat. Don't want to use a glaze? Dip the warm hand pies into cinnamon sugar. Canned biscuits can step in for the pie crust, just be sure to roll them out well. To ensure they do not open while frying, use an egg wash to seal the edges.

(1 rating)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 45 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For fried apple hand pie

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 c
  • 4-8 Tbsp
    ice water
  • 2 lg
    firm apples, like Granny Smith or Honey Crisp (about 2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/3 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    apple pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make fried apple hand pie

  • Cut shortening into flour, salt, and water until it resembles gravel.
    For the dough, mix flour and 1 tsp of salt in a large mixing bowl. With a pastry cutter, cut the shortening in until it resembles gravel. Add 1 Tbsp of ice water at a time. Mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough and form into a disc.
    Remove dough from the bowl. Knead a few times and form a disc. Wrap the dough and place it in the refrigerator while making the filling.
  • Peel, core, and small dice the apples.
    For the apple filling, peel, core, and small dice the apples.
  • Cook apples in melted butter, sugar, and spices until soft.
    In a medium-sized skillet, melt the butter. Toss in the apples, sugar, and spices. Continue to cook until the apples are soft.
  • Add a corn starch slurry to the apples.
    Once the apples are soft, mix 4 Tbsp of water and 1 Tbsp of corn starch. Add it to the apples.
  • Cook until the apple filling is thickened.
    Cook until thickened.
  • Roll out the dough and cut into circles.
    Remove the dough from the refrigerator. On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut dough into 5-inch circles.
  • Slightly roll out the circle to form a 5-inch circle.
    If you do not have a 5-inch cutter, use the largest circle cutter and gently roll to make a 5-inch circle.
  • Place a 1 heaping Tbsp of filling on one half of the circle.
    Place a heaping tablespoon of apple pie filling on one side of the circle.
  • Fold the dough in half and crimp the edges closed.
    Fold the dough in half. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Assemble all the hand pies.
    Continue to make all the hand pies.
  • Mix the glaze while the oil heats.
    For the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Heat a deep skillet of oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Fry the hand pies.
    Carefully lower the pies into the hot oil for frying. In small batches, fry pies for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Use a cooking thermometer to maintain a constant temperature.
  • Fried apple pies on a paper towel.
    Once fried, remove the pies from the oil. Place on a paper towel.
  • Brush glaze over the hand pies.
    Once drained, place the hand pies on a wire rack. With a pastry brush, brush the glaze on one side of each hand pie.