Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend – mine are usually filled with running errands, eating, occasional trips to the library and naps (a luxury only enjoyed on Sundays :).
Today is the second and last fried item on the blog this week. As I wrote on Friday, in honor of the State Fair of Texas, and in celebration of all the wonderful and interesting fried foods one can find there, I’m sharing with you two fried recipes. On Friday it was funnel cakes and today is one that I am super excited about: Fried Apple Pies. Why would I be excited about something that you can probably find on a lot of other blogs out there? Because I don’t know what the other recipes taste like, but these are amazingly, super good – I mean super good; apple pie ought not to taste this good kind of good!
What I did was I took the apple pie filling from the apple pie recipe my brother has been making for years, tweaked it slightly and put it into little crusts for frying.
I chose the filling my brother uses because it is so amazing – he’s been making it for years for a reason, people. It is the best apple pie ever and the crust? I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a better crust. So it was a total no brainier to use the filling from that recipe in my fried pies.
These pies are so much better than I could have imagined. I’m not a big fruit pie person but these would make anyone change their minds – long enough to eat these, at any rate. The crust is flaky and fries up beautifully. When you take a bite into one of these pies it has just the right amount of filling and the flavors that burst through are incredible.
I sauteed the apple filling beforehand (this is something my brother does when making his pie) to make the apples softer and to intensify the flavor.
This is one of those recipes that I am so excited about, I would make a batch right now and share them with you if I could! I want the whole world to know about these fried pies – one could get a lot of happiness indulging in these!
Saturday, I made a second batch of dough (because I had leftover filling) and fried up some more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day to do so as we had a cool front that day and it actually felt like fall out there!
Mini apple pies that are crispy and flaky on the outside and soft in the inside, stuffed with an amazing apple pie filling bursting with all the wonderful flavors of fall and then fried to golden perfection.
A couple of things to note:
When sauteing food, one is not usually tempted to taste the juice or syrup that forms from the food, but with the aroma of these apples and even the syrup that developed while sauteing (it smelled like apple cider!) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a little spoonful – let me just say that syrup never tasted so good, not only did it smell like apple cider, it tasted like apple ciciderYou will most likely have some filling left, but the good news is it can double as pancake/waffle topping! In fact, my brother has made it just for this purpose alone! With the flavors, and softness of the apples and the syrup that develops while sauteing these, it makes an awesome topping – it’s like topping and syrup in one!
For topping the pies, there are three topping options. I tried all three and each one was good, so if you have a hard time deciding, why not make all three? ;)
The first topping is just a sprinkle of granulated sugar – delicious.
The second is a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar (1/8 C. Granulated sugar + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon).
The third is a sprinkle of sugar (you can omit the sugar if you desire) and a drizzle of cinnamon vanilla glaze.
To make the glaze I used this recipe here and added 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon.