dessert · Pie

Hand-Held Fried Apple Pies

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When I was growing up, summer picnics almost always included a special dessert made by my mom – Fried pies. She usually made Peach Pies, but another flavor we all loved were the Apple variety.  They are made with dried fruit that has been cooked and sweetened.  The dried fruit keeps the filling from being too runny and seeping out.  The pies are fried in butter just until they’re browned nicely on all sides. They’re not especially pretty, but man oh man, are they good!

If you’re having a picnic for July 4th, maybe you could start the Fried Pie Tradition for your family!

Here’s how they’re made –

Buy one bag of dried fruit -peaches or apples. (One bag makes A LOT of pies! You’ll usually find these where the raisins are in the grocery store.  Place the fruit in a medium-sized pan and add water and cook over low heat until the fruit plumps up.  Add sugar to sweeten to your liking.  Cook until fruit is soft. This takes a while.  Cook them slowly.   Set aside.

Either make your own pie dough, or you can use store-bought.  Roll dough out and cut out circles, about 4 inches in diameter. Place about 2 tablespoons (no more) on half of the circle.  Fold dough over.

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Crimp edges with a fork.

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Melt half of a stick of butter in a skillet and melt over medium low heat.  Add pies and cook in batches,turning to brown all sides.

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Place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to absorb extra butter.

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These are super good warm, but they’re also delicious at room temperature!

Note: You may need to add butter as they are frying.  In between batches, I wipe the pan out with a paper towel so the butter doesn’t turn too dark and color the pies before they start to cook.

These are so great for picnics because all you need is a napkin. It’s a hand-held pie; perfect for on the go!

Wouldn’t this make a great addition to your Fourth of July picnic?!

From my country kitchen,

dessert · Pie

Made From Scratch Lemon Meringue Pie

Last weekend I got to spend Mother’s Day in Kentucky with my mom. I made her Mother’s Day meal, and when planning the menu, I knew immediately what dessert would be – her favorite – Lemon-y. Tart. Mouth watering. Creamy. Fluffy. Sweet.What is it? Lemon Meringue Pie!

I hadn’t made one in a couple of years, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. I have had times that the meringue flopped or crept away from the crust, or wept, leaving little dewy droplets all over, so I could only hope and pray all would go well.

The recipe is from this very old cookbook of my mom’s, printed in the 60’s. I grew up flipping through the pages of this cookbook, ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over the tempting desserts pictured on its pages, this pie being one of them. Now it was time to see if I could make it happen!

Cream pies like this just take patience.

  1. Make the crust
  2. Bake the crust
  3. Make the filling
  4. Let it cool
  5. Make the meringue
  6. Top the pie with the meringue
  7. Bake the meringue until lightly browned

It’s worth every bit of effort to make this delicious pie at home! Just find a day that isn’t rainy and humid, or you might have trouble with the meringue. You’ll be so glad you took the time and effort to make this from scratch. It simply can’t be beat! The meringue in this recipe has a little twist! See if you can catch it.

How about a slice?

My sweet mom slicing up her Mother’s day pie.

A few tips:

My homemade crust is made from – 2 C flour, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 C Crisco, ice water.
Combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut Crisco into flour. Add ice water a little at a time until it holds together without crumbling or being too wet. Makes 2 crusts.

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice, if possible. It makes it extra fresh and tart.

Be sure to cool the pie to room temperature, then refrigerate it a few hours before you attempt to cut it. The filling needs that time to set up.

Did you catch the twist in the recipe for the meringue?

I hope you’ll make someone’s day (and your own!) and bake a lemon pie!

Main dish. · Pie · Sunday Dinner

Southern Sunday Dinner

Today I’m re-posting an old recipe that somehow never got listed in my Recipe Index.  That’s really sad, because it is simple and delicious and a perfect Sunday meal.  It’s also a typical Southern dish!  Read on to see why!

Posted in 2008

We only had one guest for Sunday dinner,  the visiting missionary we’d had at church. There’s so much to learn when you have someone in your home that’s visited third world countries. He was full of interesting stories of the Lord working in places we’ve barely heard of.

Our guest was born and raised in the south, so I was glad my meal had a very southern flair. My menu was:

Pork Chop Casserole
Mashed potatoes
Butternut Squash Casserole
Green Beans
Biscuits
Apple Pie with Ice Cream

The pork chop casserole is so delicious and typically southern because it makes a nice creamy gravy that’s perfect to serve with mashed potatoes. I did all the prep work on Saturday and slid it into the oven before leaving for church. My oven has a self-timer, so I set it, prayed, then left. My worst fear is coming home to realize I’ve forgotten a step in setting the timer! If you don’t have this feature on your oven, cook this very low so it won’t dry up.

Here the recipe:

Pork Chop Casserole with Cream Gravy

3/4 Cup flour

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 pork chops (3/4 to 1-inch thick)
2 Tbl cooking oil
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/ cup sour cream, divided
1 can french fried onions

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper; dredge pork chops. Heat oil in a large skillet; cook pork chops for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned. Place in a single layer in an ungreased 13 in. x 9 in. baking dish. Combine soup, broth, ginger, rosemary and 1/2 cup sour cream; pour over chops. Cover and bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes. Stir remaining sour cream into sauce. Top chops with onions. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings

 

I make up my biscuits the night before, roll them out, put them on the baking sheet, then cover them and refrigerate them overnight. I wait and bake them when I get home from church. There’s nothing like the smell of biscuits baking in the oven!

I cooked my mashed potatoes in the crock pot as I described in this post a while back. My quick fix southern-style green bean were also posted there.

I baked an apple pie on Saturday night and warmed it in the oven while we ate our Sunday dinner. It tasted fresh-baked that way! I added a little warm caramel sauce over the ice cream. Apples, caramel…they just belong together!

 

What did you have for Sunday dinner? I’d love to hear about your menu!
With love from my country kitchen,
denise a
Pie · spring cleaning

Highlights of Recent Refreshments

We’ve had some gorgeous weather this week, allowing me to walk each morning.  I’m always so happy to step out my front door to views like this one…

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I try so hard to get at least a little exercise in each day.  I exercise inside, but being outside is my favorite!  Seeing the scenery, the sky, the birds and cattle are just invigorating to me!  How about you?  Do you need to add a little Continue reading “Highlights of Recent Refreshments”