It’s not a southern summer without Fried Pies. They can be filled with strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries. But my favorite are Fried Peach Pies.
They may look a little intimidating, but if you feel comfortable making a pie dough and frying, these fried pies are quite simple.
And if you really want to, you can cheat and use a store-bought pie crust. They will still be delicious.
Typically dried fruit is used to make fried pies, but I wanted to make use of our fresh South Carolina peaches.
I mixed a few chopped fresh peaches with some peach preserves. It will be a little on the liquidy side, especially if your peaches are really ripe and you let the mixture sit a while before you use it. You can drain a little of the liquid off if you need to.
The dough fries up buttery and flakey. I used butter, baking powder, salt, and flour. I like to use White Lily Flour . It’s a southern all-purpose flour that is low in protein compared to other all-purpose flour and is perfect for when you want light and tender pastries or biscuits.
A simple glaze adds some sweetness and a finishing touch.
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- 3 cups all-purpose flour, I use White Lily
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and very cold (i put it in freezer briefly)
- about 3/4 cup ice water
- 3 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup peach preserves
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, almond extract would also be good
- Vegetable oil or Crisco for frying
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until it resembles cornmeal.
- Add almost all of the ice water and gently form the dough into a ball. If it is looking too dry, add the remaining ice water.
- Divide dough in half and work with one ball of dough at a time.
- Sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll a ball of dough out until it is just a little thicker than a tortilla. Cut it into 5-inch circles using a bowl that measures 5 inches across the top. Set scraps aside.
- Roll out second piece of dough an cut as many 5 inch circles as will fit.
- Combine all scraps and re-roll to get another circle.
- Put about a tablespoon of filling in the center of each circle of dough.
- Fold circles in half, wetting your fingers with water to seal the edges. Make sure edges are completely sealed and crimp edges with the tines of a fork.
- Heat about 2 to 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or deep frying pan. The oil is hot enough when you drop a small piece of dough into it and it immediately sizzles.
- Fry two pies at a time until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
- To make glaze, whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle on warm pies.
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