Hand pies are awesome - they're like the more compact version of our most loved pies. No need for craftsmanship at pie making, including perfecting those crisscross and lattice pie crusts. Just roll the dough, plop a dollop of filling, seal, and deep fry. The possibilities are endless!
Here are awesome recipes for the traditional Southern peach fried pie, a homemade version of a popular fast food fried apple pie, and a fried pie that you can make in 12 minutes.
Peach Fried Pies (The Peach Truck)
"Perhaps nothing conjures up images of a Southern kitchen in the summer like fried pies. While our great grandmothers would often use dried fruit that had been saved from the summer harvests, this recipe takes advantage of Fresh Georgia Peaches for a sweet, juicy filling."
- 2 Fresh Georgia Peaches
- 1 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cold butter
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 ea 16.3 oz large canned biscuits (southern style, not flaky)
- 4 ea 8 oz crescent roll seamless dough sheets
- Shortening or lard for frying
McDonald's Ccustard Apple Pie Recipe (Ms Marmite Lover)
"This recipe, using apples from South Africa, is a home-made tribute to a fast-food classic, the McDonald's deep fried apple pie."
- 2 Pink Lady apples, peeled and cored, diced
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, diced
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsps of brown sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 3 tbsps of custard powder (Birds and Orgran custard powder is vegan)
- 1 tbsp of plain flour for dusting
- 320g box of ready rolled puff pastry, cut into four rectangles
- Groundnut oil for frying
- 3 tbsps icing sugar for dusting
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon for dusting
- 1 egg, for wash or vegan option, use a non dairy milk.
Fried Jam Pies (Bake at Midnite)
"These are delicious and they use something you’d probably throw away and something you already have in your fridge and cupboard. I used raspberry jam because it was the first jam I laid my hands on in my fridge. I guess pie filling would work too…and if you have any left over, give it a go!"
- 1-2 refrigerated ready-made pie crust -OR- pie crust scraps
- ½ cup (approximate) any flavor jam or preserves
- confectioner's sugar
- oil for frying
- water for sealing