Handmade Peach Fried Pies Recipes

Peach fried pies are a delightful fusion of sweet, juicy peaches enveloped in a crispy, golden crust. This classic Southern dessert evokes memories of warm summer days and cozy evenings by the fire. Whether enjoyed as a midday snack or a decadent dessert, peach fried pies offer a burst of flavor in every bite. In this article, we’ll explore the art of making peach fried pies and share some mouthwatering recipes that are sure to become favorites in your kitchen.

Peach Fried Pies Recipes

Why Peach Fried Pies?

Peach fried pies are a beloved treat for several reasons. Firstly, they capture the essence of summer with their fresh, fruity flavor. Secondly, the contrast between the tender peach filling and the crunchy crust creates a satisfying textural experience. Finally, peach fried pies are versatile recipes and can be enjoyed on their own or paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.

Prepare the peach filling

Chill the pie dough before assembling. This helps the dough relax, solidify the butter and prevents it from shrinking during frying.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add cut up pieces of cold butter and work with your hands until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Cinnamon Peach Hand Pies

Cinnamon Peach Hand Pies

When you add ground cardamom to this classic hand pie filling, it perks up the peaches nicely without overpowering them. And a sprinkle of salt brings out the flavors and keeps everything balanced.

Using frozen peaches allows you to make these treats any time of year and still get that wonderful flavor and texture. If you want to use fresh peaches, blanch them by bringing a saucepan of water to a boil. Mark an X in the bottom of each peach and plunge them into ice water to loosen up the skins. Then peel, core, and chop.

Brush a beaten egg over each cut circle and reshape as needed to seal the edges. Poke a fork through each to create a small vent. Refrigerate and bake before serving. To serve, whisk together icing sugar and milk and drizzle over the tops of each pie. Enjoy! (Be sure to eat within a few minutes of icing them.)

Southern Peach Hand Pies

Southern Peach Hand Pies

You can use canned peaches to make these easy fried pies, but fresh or ripe peaches are best. Cardamom adds a subtle hint of spice to the filling, and lemon juice brightens it all up. The resulting fried hand pie is a little sweet, a bit salty, and perfectly crunchy.

To make the pies, roll out the biscuit dough (or your favorite store-bought pie crust) on a floured surface into 4-6 inch circles. Brush the edges with a beaten egg (this helps them seal better) and place one heaping tablespoon of filling in the center of each dough circle.

Fold the edges over each other, then press together with the tines of a fork to seal. Brush the tops of each hand pie with a beaten egg, if desired, then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. These fried peach hand pies are delicious on their own or with a dollop of whipped cream. You can even wrap them in wax paper and take them on a picnic!

Tequila Peach Hand Pies

The warm spiciness of bourbon is a natural complement to peach pie, but the recipe here also adds tequila—and the resulting hand pies are every bit as delicious. Thin slices of ripe peaches get cooked with a little flour to help thicken the juices, and they’re sweetened with brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and, for a surprising kick, a pinch of black pepper.

The same frying method works for any kind of fruit filling, so try substituting the peaches with berries, plums, or apples. Just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar based on your desired sweetness level.

To assemble the pies, brush one edge of a dough circle with egg and spoon 2 teaspoons of filling into the center. Fold the remaining edge over the filling and crimp firmly with your fingers. Repeat with the rest of the dough circles and filling. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Ginger Peach Hand Pies

Ginger Peach Hand Pies

Using ginger instead of cinnamon in the filling gives these hand pies a little twist. It’s a delicious alternative to the traditional peach fried pie. You can use any stone fruit, like plums, apricots or cherries instead of peaches if you prefer.

For picture-perfect fried pies, be sure to seal the edges thoroughly. Otherwise, a burst of filling will be your downfall during the frying process.

The dough for these fried pies can be made a day or so in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. The filling can also be prepared in advance and stored at room temperature until ready to assemble.

Prepare a large sheet pan with paper towels to drain the fried pies once they’re done frying. The pies can be eaten warm or cold. They can also be frozen for up to three months if they’re properly sealed in an airtight container and are thawed before frying (the cooking time will be longer than fresh pies). To serve, dust the fried pies with powdered sugar just before serving.