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Fried Apple Pies

Individual servings of fried apple pie made with a mixture of Granny Smith and Gala apples. 

Servings 10 hand pies
Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Pie Dough:

  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoon (30 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup (92 g) all vegetable shortening*
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoon ice water

Cinnamon Apple Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gala apple, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup Granny Smith apple, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp water

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1/3 cup (68 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg

Instructions

Pie Dough:

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add cubed butter and shortening. Cover and let chill in the freezer for 5-8 minutes until ingredients are cold.

  2. Using a pastry blender (or two forks), cut cold butter and shortening into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse, pebbled sand. Add vinegar and ice water. Fold to combine until dough is a shaggy mess.

  3. Dump dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently knead until mixture comes together. Pat dough into a thickness of about 1/2-inch. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).

Cinnamon Apple Filling:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine chopped apples, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Set over medium heat and stir often until sugar has dissolved and apples have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat.

  2. At this point, the Gala apples will have significantly softened while the Granny Smith apples should be soft but still retain their shape. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to assemble. 

Assembly:

  1. Allow chilled dough to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut dough into 4 portions. Working with one portion at a time, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out as many 10cm x 6.5 cm rectangles. Save any scrapes for later use.

  2. Repeat rolling out dough with remaining 3 portions. Gather scrapes and knead together. Re-roll out to 1/4-inch and cut out additional rounds.* You should have at least 20 rectangles (10 tops and 10 bottoms). 

  3. Egg Wash: whisk together egg, salt, and water until well combined. 

  4. Use a pastry brush to apply egg wash to the perimeter of pie dough rectangles (tops and bottoms). Spoon one tablespoon of cinnamon apple filling into the center of 10 rectangles. 

  5. Invert remaining egg washed rectangles over filling. Ensure the egg washed portions are facing each other. Line up the edges of top and bottom pieces. Use the tines of a fork to seal edges together.  

  6. Place assembled pies on a parchment (or wax paper) lined baking sheet. Cover and keep in the freezer while frying oil heats up, about 12-15 minutes.

  7. Fill a large pot (dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot works best at retaining heat) with 3-inches of vegetable oil or vegetable oil. Use a candy thermometer to measure and maintain temperature. Heat oil to 365 degrees F.

  8. Carefully place 2-3 chilled hand pies into hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden in color. Keep an eye on candy thermometer and adjust heat accordingly to maintain constant cooking temperature. 

  9. Drain fried hand pies on wire rack or paper towel lined baking sheet. Allow to cool for 2 minutes before tossing in cinnamon sugar mixture.

  10. Cinnamon Sugar: Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

  11. Apple hand pies can be served warm or at room temperature. These pies are best enjoyed the day they are cooked. 

Recipe Notes