Aunt Ann’s Homemade Fried Pies!

Aunt Ann's Homemade Fried Pies

Aunt Ann and her Fried Pies!

My Aunt Ann is renown for her Fried Pies. Her daughter, Annette (my cousin), calls them her “signature fried pies”. She has made them for special occasions, holidays, and for family events for years. Annette told me that Aunt Ann always took them to family reunions, and continues to make them for Annette’s husband, Joe, when they come to visit.

Aunt Ann's Fried Pies

Aunt Ann in her favorite chair with her “Granddog”, Holly:)

Aunt Ann, as I posted earlier, is my Daddy’s last surviving sibling. There were seven children in their family, and Aunt Ann was the “baby”. She is now 90 years old:) She and Mama were good friends before Mama met Daddy . . . I think she actually introduced Mama to Daddy. A little Family History there:)

Aunt Ann's Fried Pies

Aunt Ann and Mama at Aunt Ann’s 90th Birthday Party: 

A High Tea at The Empress of Little Rock

So, when we were visiting with Aunt Ann and Annette last week, I asked them to send me pictures and the recipe to share with y’all. She had made them for Joe, who was at her house enjoying them as we were eating at Candace’s shop. Joe took the pictures so I could share her recipe with you. I haven’t made them yet, but I know I will definitely give them a try soon!

Aunt Ann's Fried Pies

Aunt Ann’s Homemade Fried Pies Recipe

Aunt Ann's Homemade Fried Pies
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Aunt Ann's signature Homemade Fried Pies. She has taken them to church and family gatherings for years. Enjoy!

Course: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Dried Fruit--peach or apricot (Aunt Ann uses 1/2 peach and 1/2 apricot)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE CRUST: Sift flour and dry ingredients together for the crust.

  2. Blend in shortening.

  3. Add water. Stir to combine.

  4. Roll into a ball.

  5. TO MAKE FILLING: Cook dried fruit according to package directions. Drain fruit in a colander. (Taste the fruit with a teaspoon. If you think it needs a little sugar, add 2-4 teaspoons. Stir well to combine with the fruit.--notes from my cousin, LaNan, who also makes fried pies.)

  6. Add the cinnamon and allspice. Stir to combine well. 

  7. TO MAKE FRIED PIES: Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 4-inch circles. 

  8. Put 1-2 tablespoons cooked fruit in the center of each dough circle. 

  9. Pat a little water all round the edge of the pie dough circle..

  10. Fold one side of the pie dough circle over the fruit. Press sides together with a fork--"Crimp" as my Mama would say:)

  11. Melt shortening in skillet--about 1-inch to 1 1/2-inch deep and fry pies.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the pies in the skillet. They will get too done quickly if the temperature is too high. 350 degrees is probably perfect, if you have a cooking thermometer. If not, medium to medium-high heat is what you want to heat the shortening to.

Recipe Notes

Mama said that Aunt Ann makes the fried pies, and then freezes them to cook later. She takes them out of the freezer and let's them thaw in the refrigerator, probably overnight to fry the next day. Good idea!

 

Comments

  1. Kim Cathey says:

    Hi Maribeth…I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe as it sounds just like my mom’s recipe to make fried pies. My mom didn’t write the recipe down for any of us girls, but from watching her make them, this recipe looks like the exact same way she did them. And since my mom passed away in January of this year (she would have been 89 this past June), this recipe has given me a lil’ of my mom back to me. THANK YOU !

    • Thank you so much, Kim, for letting me know that Aunt Ann’s fried pies recipe looks like the ones your mother made. I’m so sorry to hear that your mom passed away…she and Aunt Ann were about the same age. Let me know if you make them. I’ve not made them yet, but I want to. Fried pies is something my mother never made, so I’m thankful I have my Aunt to guide me.

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