Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cookin' like grandma!

Hi There! I know its been a while, so here is a good post I promise!

For all of my life I have heard my dad talk about Mom Cox's fried apple pies. She was my great grandma, and as dad says, made fabulous apple pies from the tree in their yard. The pies were made with dehydrated apples, re hydrated, ... cooked in sugar, rolled in flaky dough and deep fried. Sounds good huh? Well I had never had them, and we didn't have her recipe. But they sounded really good, and I wanted to try them.

So I went on a mission to find a recipe that sounded similar to the description I was given, and try to duplicate it. I tried the first recipe I found...... WOW, they were great. That recipe is going in my collection for sure! It isn't the same as Mom Cox's but they are still very tasty.... mmm
In fact, I like the recipe so much I think I might share it with you guys :)

Here are all of the ingredients you need
2 cups Self Rising Flour
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup milk

For the Filling:
5 oz. dried apples
2 1/2 cups water
Sugar and Cinnamon (to taste)

The dough is just a basic biscuit dough. Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender, or two forks, until it is crumbly, and resembles a coarse meal. Then mix in the milk just until the dough comes together. Try not to work it too much, the more you mess with it, the tougher it gets. Cover in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for now.

 Now cook the apples in the water until re hydrated and tender. If there is still too much water in the pan, you can drain some off, but SAVE it in a separate bowl. Add cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar to the apples, until it tastes the way you want it. To thicken the filling take your apple liquid you have set aside, and mix some corn starch in with the liquid. Then add that liquid back to the apples a little at a time ( a teaspoon or 2) Heat the apples back up to make the filling thick.

Now get your dough back out, and roll it out very thin. Take a small saucer and cut out rounds. Place a spoonful of apples into the middle of the round. Fold over and seal with a fork, poke the tops of the pies a few times.
 Drop each into hot lard, and cook until brown, flip and brown on the other side! :)

P.S: to tell if the lard is hot enough, throw a little flour in the oil, if it sizzles, it is hot enough.

There you have it, Fried Apple Pie!

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do :)

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