Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fried Pies

This weekend my husband and I went to a burger place with fried pies. They were pretty good (though I think if you are making lemon ones you might want to add some lemon juice and zest to the lemon goo) BUT the pie dough he used was so delicate you could not pick them up without the filling falling out everywhere. This began a discussion with my husband about how his mother always used canned (yuck) biscuits for her fried pies.
Of course this became an issue that I began obsessing over and like most puzzles in my life I figured it out while sitting in the bathtub.
I have no fucking idea why this happens.
Is it the warm steam?
Mostly I sit there bored wondering what Benedict Cumberbatch would look like sitting in the tub across from me.

Maybe like this?

But whatever, I think better in the tub and my solution was to try making fried pies using THE BEST BISCUIT RECIPE EVER and this was, I might say, a success.

My fillings were already made. I had some chocolate pudding I made the other day and a can (I know) of apple pie filling to which I added more sugar, butter, cinnamon and mashed a bit.

Made the biscuit dough, kneaded it with some extra self-rising flour a few times and rolled it into a ball. Covered with cling wrap and put in the fridge for a few hours.
After a couple of hours I turned the deep fryer to 375F and began rolling out circles (about 5 inches).
Wish I could tell you how thick I rolled them out, but I can't, I guess it was a good pie crust thickness.
On one half of circle I added a bit of chocolate or apple mix.
NO I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH you will have to dick around with this and figure out what works best for you.
Now you put a bit of water on a half and fold over so you have a half a circle. Pinch the edges with your fingers THEN crimp with a fork. Make SURE YOU GET THE SIDES or stuff will ooze out while frying.
If the oil (canola is what I have in the fryer YMMV) is ready drop a couple of pies in.

It seems like I fried 4-5 minutes. Fry on side and then get it to flip over. Basically you are going for bubbly, dark golden, but not brown. Brown is burnt, dark golden is yummy while getting all the dough done in the middle.

Take 'em out, dust with some powdered sugar and please let them cool down a few because they fillings will be like hot lava.

Here is some bonus Cumberbatch.
Yummy man.