Published in the local paper, this is a recipe from the Rather Sweet Bakery in the Texas hill country. Better than Hostess Pies! :o) If you prefer to bake your pies instead of frying them, directions are at the bottom.
- Combine all filling ingredients; set aside.
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Add butter and work with pastry blender or hands until mixture resembles cornmeal.
- Add ice water; mix lightly to form dough ball.
- Divide dough into two equal parts.
- Roll out each portion (on lightly floured board) to 1/16" thick (slightly thicker than a tortilla).
- Cut dough out in 5" circles using cookie cutter, lid from 1Q plastic container, etc.
- Each ball of dough should make 3 to 4 circles.
- Place 1 Tbsp of filling in the center of each dough circle.
- Fold dough in half over the filling.
- Seal edges with a bit of water and crimp with fork.
- Pour 3-4" of canola oil in a deep frying pan.
- Heat on medium high until a scrap of dough sizzles and bubbles when dropped into oil.
- Fry a couple of pies at a time, approx 2-3 min/side, until golden brown.
- Remove to paper-towel lined plate, drain, and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
- Pies can also be baked in the oven:.
- Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper; preheat oven to 375°F.
- Make an egg wash of 2 Tbsp water beaten together with 1 egg.
- Place pies on the baking sheet and brush tops with egg wash.
- Bake 15 min or until golden brown; sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
The filling was fine for me but the pastry was not very good. I did bake mine and it's definitely possible that I overworked my dough. I probably won't be making these again. Thank you for sharing though and I am glad everyone else has success :)!
What a treat! We really enjoyed these fried pies. I made some with peaches and some with apples, and doubled the recipe for the dough. Sure brings back memories of my younger days when my grandma would make these for us! So glad to have found this recipe. Thank you for sharing it Winkki!
Outsanding recipe! Scaled it down to make about 3 pies. I made 2 and used the rest of the "scrap" dough to make little cinnamon roll cookies. Baked these pastries for about 22 minutes or so. I used apples that I sliced and put in the microwave to make a filling. This is a def. repeat. Oh yeah I chilled the dough for around an hour before rolling out between wax paper.