Deep Fried Apple Pies
- apple filling:
- 3 apples (i.e. Granny Smith, Gala, Golden Delicious ) peeled, cored and cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 Tbs. brown sugar (depending on the apples you choose, you may need more or less brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 Tbs. cornstarch
- 2 Tbs. water
- pie dough*:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp. brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup vegan vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
- vegetable oil
- cinnamon sugar (1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon plus 1/2 cup sugar), optional
To make the apple filling:
Combine apples, 1/2 cup water, sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until apples are slightly tender. Mix together the tapioca starch and water. Stir into the apple mixture until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
To make the pie dough:
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the shortening into tiny pieces until the flour mixture resembles the texture of cornmeal. add a little bit of almond milk and stir gently with a fork If the mixture still appears dry and crumbly, add the remaining water, 1 teaspoon at a time for the smaller quantity of dough, a tablespoon at a time for the larger quantity, until the dough holds together easily.
To assemble the pies:
Roll the pie dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut circles of about 4-5 inches in diameter. You can use a cookie cutter or place a ramekin on top of the pie dough and cut around it using a paring knife. Scoop about a tablespoon of filling and place into the center of each circle. Fold over and seal by pressing a fork all around the edges. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes.
To cook the pies:
Heat oil in a skillet or deep fryer to 375 F degrees. (Tip: An easy way to test if the oil is hot enough is by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If the dough starts bubbling fast, then the oil is hot enough. If the bubbles are slow, the oil isn't hot enough) Fry each pie till golden brown around the edges. Use tongs to gently flip over gently and cook the other side for one minute.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar while it's hot. Serve immediately