FRIED APPLE PIES
Photo: Edis Celik
Makes about 12 pies.
2 large apples
1/4 C sugar, white or brown, or to taste
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
Pastry for 2 piecrusts
Oil for frying
Peel and dice the apples and place them in a small saucepan. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir. Cook in covered saucepan on low heat until soft, 15 minutes or so, stirring often. Mash a little with a fork to create small chunks with some applesauce. Cool.
Put the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll to 1/8-inch thick and cut rounds with a large cookie cutter (4 inches in diameter), glass, or by tracing around a plate. You can make the rounds bigger or smaller, but adjust the apple-filling amount. In each round, place about a tablespoon of fruit. Fold in half, and press edge with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees. Fry the pies, a few at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on each side; cook until the crust is golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
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