Lord Honey, there ain't nothin' better than a fried apple pie--or as Granny used to say--"Honey, make sure to getcha a hand pie before y'all go." No matter what ya wanna call 'em--my "Kentucky Fried Apple Pies" will have ever'one callin' for more. So make sure y'all make plenty of this sweet Southern treasure.
Kentucky Fried Apple Pies
Jason Smith, FNS southerncountrybling.com
2-cups all-purpose flour
1-TBSP baking powder
2/3-cups cold butter or cold lard or cold shortening
3-5 TBSP cold milk
6-fresh, any variety apples, peeled and cored, cubed
¼-cup brown sugar
½-cup white sugar
1-tsp ground cinnamon
¼-tsp ground cloves
Oil for frying
1-egg, beaten with 1-tsp water
2-TBSP butter, melted
1-cup powder sugar
2-TBSP hot water or bourbon
· Place the apples in a sauce pan add butter and cook until apples are tender.
· Mix the sugar and spices into apples, let cool.
· Place the flour, baking powder and salt in bowl, whisk together.
· Cut in the fat, using 2 knives or a pastry cutter, until the flour looks like coarse cornmeal.
· Pour 2 TBSP milk into flour mix and stir, using a light hand, keep adding milk by TBSP until the dough forms a ball.
· Divide the dough in half, wrap one half in plastic wrap and set aside.
· Using a rolling pin, roll out the remaining half on a floured surface until it’s ¼ inch thick.
· Using a round cookie cutter that’s 4-5 inches in diameter, cut out circles, re-roll the dough scraps and cut again.
Place dough rounds on a cookie sheet that’s lined with wax or parchment paper, making sure they don’t overlap.
Keep the dough circles covered with a damp paper towel or damp kitchen towel.
Unwrap the half that has been set aside and repeat.
Assembly & Frying:
· Put about 3 inches of oil in a heavy bottom skillet or pot, bring to 350°.
· Uncover the dough circles, and place about 1 ½-TBSP apple fillin’ on one side of the dough circles.
· Using a pastry brush or your finger, dip into the egg wash and run it around outside edge of dough circle; fold dough over to make a half-moon shape.
Using a fork, crimp the edges closed.
· Repeat until all dough is gone.
· When oil is at temp, place 2-3 pies into oil. Fry for 2-3 mins per side or until golden brown, remove and place on a paper lined platter.
· Repeat frying until all pies are fried.
· Add the glaze ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together, dip or drizzle each pie.
Tip: Make sure you use a light hand when mixing the dough. You can use any type of fruit or cream fillin’--You can freeze pies before or after you fry them.