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Fried Peach Pie Recipe From Dried Peaches

My husband's mother used to make fried peach pie, and he asked me to try to re-create the recipe.

Fried Peach Pies

Fried Peach Pies

What Is a Fried Peach Pie?

I’ve been cooking and baking since I was a preteen, but I had never heard of fried peach pie before my husband mentioned it. Apparently, his mother used to make it, and he wondered if I could try to re-create it for him. Isn’t that always the way? I don’t feel I’m competing with my mother-in-law, but I am constantly trying to recapture a memory for him.

I searched online and found several recipes, but mostly I had to follow my husband’s lead because his mother made them a certain way. The filling was made from dried peaches that were boiled and smashed with a potato masher to make a slightly chunky jam-like filling. The crusts are cut in the round and then folded in half with the filling inside, crimped, and deep-fried. I reworked the recipe to make it vegan so I could have some, too.

Being a great baker and pastry chef requires the upmost open mind. I try every dessert that comes my way!

— Christina Tosi

Start with dried peaches

Start with dried peaches

Step 1: Make the Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups dried peaches, chopped
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Into a quart-sized pan, put dried peaches and cover with filtered water. I like to cut mine into pieces first but it isn’t necessary.
  2. Bring this to a boil and allow to simmer until the peaches are soft and plumped up for about 30 minutes.
  3. Take a potato masher and mash the peaches in the pan until they are small pieces, and the water is very creamy.
  4. Add the sugar and bring to a simmer again for another 30 minutes. The water will evaporate, and you may need to add a little more.
  5. To a small bowl of ¼ cup water, stir the cornstarch until creamy and add this to the simmering peach filling.
  6. As soon as the filling is thickened, remove it from the fire and add the vanilla. Set this aside to cool and make the pie crust.

Step 2: Make the Pie Crust

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening or vegan margarine
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk

Instructions

  1. Into a bowl with the dry ingredients, add the vegetable shortening or vegan margarine, and work it until the mixture has small pea-sized pebbles.
  2. To this add the milk and mix.
  3. Dump the mixture out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until it is all mixed and holding together.
  4. Cut the dough into 8 equal-sized balls and set them aside to rest.

Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.

— Joss Whedon

Step 3: Assemble the Pies

  1. Put your oil on to heat for frying the pies. I don’t have a deep-fat fryer, so I use a cast-iron skillet for this purpose. I fill it halfway with olive oil and keep my heat at medium-high.
  2. By now the filling should be cool enough. Roll out one of the balls of pie crust dough to 1/8th of an inch thickness. I use a pan lid as a cookie cutter to cut the perfect round crust but it isn’t necessary.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of filling into the middle and wet the edges of the round crust with water.
  4. Fold the crust in half and crimp the edges with a floured fork. Cut any extra crust off and gently drop the pie into the hot oil.
  5. While this pie is frying, roll out the next pie crust and add the filling as before. By the time you have prepared the second pie, the first will be ready to turn over gently.
  6. Place the fried pies onto a plate with paper towels to drain. I refrigerate the ones not immediately eaten. They will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week. If you need to keep them longer freeze them. They will be good for several months.
Pies fry two at a time.  Gently turn each over to fry on both sides

Pies fry two at a time. Gently turn each over to fry on both sides

I have a sweet tooth. I love dessert, and if somebody makes me one, I'm going to have it.

— Sarah Rafferty

Variations

When I have more pie crust dough than filling prepared, I try alternate versions of this recipe.

  • Cherry: Once I pulled some frozen cherries out of the freezer and prepared a filling using very little sugar and more cornstarch to keep the filling thick.
  • Apple: Dried apples work well with this recipe as well. Although I cut the apples into chunks rather than mashing them.
  • Savory: This makes the best vehicle for a fried meat pie as well. Being a vegan, I prepared my potatoes, carrots, and gravy with soy curls instead of real meat, but it worked very well.
Store the pies in a sealed container in the refridgerator.

Store the pies in a sealed container in the refridgerator.

Final Thoughts

Do you have a recipe that would work well as a fried pie? Have you ever heard of a fried peach pie before? I’d love to read your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Comments

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 23, 2021:

Lora Hollings,

Of course, water will work but the crust doesn't come out quite as flakey. If that doesn't matter to you, go for it! I tried this with cherries and found I needed just a little more sugar to overcome the tartness of the cherries.

Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Lora Hollings on August 22, 2021:

These look and sound absolutely scrumptious and with your excellent instructions like they would be quite easy to make. I absolutely love desserts with peaches but I will have to try these with cherries and apples as well as I think they would be great too! Can you use water instead of milk for the pie crust?

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 22, 2021:

Diana Carol Abrahamson,

You'll have to let me know how they turn out. I'm really interested. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on August 22, 2021:

It is so nice reading different recipes from other kitchens. I am always inspired to get cracking and create something a little out of the ordinary, using an old recipe and putting a new spin on it.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 21, 2021:

Diana Carol Abrahamson,

I'm really happy you like this recipe. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on August 21, 2021:

Love the idea of fried peach pie.Will have to really try this delicious dessert.Thanks Denise;)

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

MariaMontgomery,

You know, I thought of that too. I think they can be baked but you would have to handle them carefully as the crust is flaky and can tear easily. I would probably bake them on parchment paper so they wouldn't stick. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

Peggy Woods,

Yes, I never did before as well. It was a treat that they came out so good. I hope you do try them. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

Rosina S Khan,

Oh, coconut. I never thought of that as a filling. I'm glad you liked the video. When HP moved this to Delishaby they removed the family video. Oh well, it was just clips from my past and not really related to fried pies. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

Rozlin,

I'm glad you liked my video. I thought I'd share a little of my family clips but when HP moved it to Delishaby they removed the family video. Oh well. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt,

I'm happy you want to try them. Thanks so much for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 19, 2021:

Thelma Alberts,

I think you will love these. Do try them. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on August 18, 2021:

Hi Denise, I just read your article on fried pies. It's a great article. I used to love fried pies, peach, apple, cherry, you name it. I no longer eat fried food, so I was wondering how they would be if baked. I may try it sometime. Thanks for a great article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2021:

These sound like a wonderful treat. I have never made a fried pie like this. Thanks for your recipe.

Rosina S Khan on August 18, 2021:

We put coconut as a filling for fried pies. Your recipe is also delicious. I will ask my Mom to try dried peaches for the recipe. The video is really cute. Thanks for sharing, Denise.

Rozlin from UAE on August 17, 2021:

Hi, Denise. This looks delicious. I will try your recipe someday. Thank you for sharing. I loved your video in the hub.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 17, 2021:

This is something new to try. Thanks.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 17, 2021:

Yummy! I love pies but have not tried peach pies yet. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 17, 2021:

Rebecca Mealey,

Oh, enjoy! I do think they turned out nice. Every morning my husband has one for breakfast. I pop it into the oven instead of the microwave to warm it for him. The crust stays crispy that way. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 17, 2021:

Bill Holland,

It was a new one on me too until my husband asked if I could make them for me. I pride myself in being a decent baker but this one stretched me a bit and I couldn't help but share it. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 17, 2021:

Mmmm! I can almost smell them! My mom used to make fried apple pies. I love peaches better! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 17, 2021:

Well that's a new one for me. I admit, I'm not the healthiest eater, and I'm certainly lacking in baking skills, but you would think I would have at least heard of a fried peach pie before.

Well, thanks I guess. lol I'll pass this along to family members who know how to turn on the oven.

Blessings always

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 17, 2021:

Pamela Oglesby,

Like you, I never would have thought of dried peaches used this way. But my husband knew what he was talking about. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on August 17, 2021:

Chitrangada Sharan,

Thank you so much. I think my mother-in-law is proud of me. These are very tasty. I'd be interested in what other filling you put in yours. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 17, 2021:

I never thought of using dried fruit in a fried pie, but this sounds delicious. I appreciate this recipe, and I can see see dried apples as well. I'm sure there are other things you can use that would be delicious as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 17, 2021:

Hi Denise!

This is a delicious recipe, and you have presented it so well, with detailed instructions and helpful pictures. Your mother-in-law must be feeling proud of you, for recreating her recipe.

I do make something like this, but with a different filling.

Loved your video too.

Thank you for sharing this and have a great day.

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