By Kevin Williams
This is the recipe that’s most commonly used for church bake sales benefitting families in need. Even some Amish garage sales will have fry pies on hand, with a sign saying that a donation in exchange for a fry pie would be appreciated. The pies can be made in almost any assortment of fruit flavor. I recently bought “pecan fried pies” at a Mennonite bakery. So, that actually opens up a world of possibilities with the fried pie (or fry pie, they are referred to either way). So, yes, you can follow the recipe below, but instead of adding pie filling you could really add whatever filling you desire. Hmmmm, I am thinking of like a Nutella-filled fried pie. That would be awesome. Or one that is filled with a peanut butter-chocolate blend. So, yeah, unleash your creative side and see what you can fill those fry pies with!
This is the recipe that’s most commonly used for church bake sales benefitting families in need. Even some Amish garage sales will have fry pies on hand, with a sign saying that a donation in exchange for a fry pie would be appreciated. Definitely a better tasting version than those soggy Hostess fruit pies that you see on racks in gas stations and convenience stores!
Serves: 36 pies
- 5 c all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 c shortening, softened
- 2 lg eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 (13-oz) can evaporated milk
- 2½ c fruit filling of your choice
- Shortening, for frying
- COMBINE the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
- Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients.
- MIX the eggs and evaporated milk together in a separate bowl, then add to the shortening-flour mixture.
- Mix with a fork just until it holds together.
- Roll out rather thin, to about ⅛-inch thickness.
- Cut out rounds using a 7-inch saucer or circle as a pattern,
- rerolling the dough as needed.
- Put ½-cup fruit pie filling on one-half of the circle, leaving a bit of space clear around the edge. Be sure your filling is fairly thick and cold or it will run.
- Fold over the circle and seal the edges well.
- HEAT shortening in a deep pan to a depth of about 2 inches until very hot.
- Deep-fry the pies until golden brown on both sides, 2 minutes per side.
- Put onto a baking sheet or cooling rack to cool before serving.