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One-Handed Fried Pies

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 35 mins Cook 36 mins
One-Handed Fried Pies
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  dried peaches, apricots, and/or apples (6 ounces)
  • 1 1/4  cups  apple cider
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 2  teaspoons  granulated sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  cup  shortening
  • 2/3  cup  buttermilk or 1/3 cup buttermilk and 1/3 cup whipping cream
  •  Water
  • 4  tablespoons  shortening
  •  Sifted powdered sugar
Directions

1. For the filling, in a saucepan combine dried fruit and apple cider. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 20 to 25 minutes or until fruit is tender (cider should be cooked down). Mash slightly. Cool.

2. Meanwhile, for the pastry, in a bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in the 1/2 cup shortening until pieces are pea-size.

3. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk or buttermilk mixture over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk at a time, until all the dough is moistened. If pastry seems dry, add a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time. (Do not overhandle.) Form dough into ball.

4. Pat or lightly roll dough into a 15-inch circle. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut the dough into 12 circles, rerolling dough as needed. Place about 1 tablespoon fruit on half of each circle. Moisten edges of circles with water. Fold over into half-moon shape. Seal edges with tines of a fork.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Cool pies completely and wrap securely in foil. Place foil-wrapped pies in a tightly sealed plastic bag. Freeze pies for up to 3 weeks. Reheat frozen pies, wrapped in foil, in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until heated through.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Makes 12 individual pies.
Chocolate Fried Pies:
  • Omit fruit filling. Prepare pastry as directed. For chocolate filling, in a small bowl combine 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir in 4 tablespoons melted butter. Spread a scant 2 teaspoons of mixture onto each pastry circle. Fry pies as directed.
Nutrition Facts (One-Handed Fried Pies)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 258,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 0,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 34,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (RE) 72,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 158,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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