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Mama's Recipe For Old Fashioned Fried Apple Pies: Step By Step Instructions And Photos

Mary learned to cook at her mother's knee. She likes to share recipes for some of the old-fashioned dishes she still serves her family.

Warm Fried Apple Pie And Ice Cream


I would like to share my Mother's recipe for Fried Apple Pie. This is a favorite dessert in the South where I grew up in the country. I had a wonderful childhood. I was very close to my Mother and Daddy. My Mother taught me everything I know about keeping a clean house, cooking and sewing. She tried to teach me to knit, but I just wasn’t interested, although she did manage to teach me to embroidery which I still enjoy. She was my idol. My greatest wish in life has always been to be as good a Mother and role model as she was. She was such a good natured lady. In this generation, people would say she had a hard life and that she worked too hard. I never saw her sit very much. She was always busy cleaning our little house, cooking on the wood burning stove, or sewing.

My Daddy Loved These Fried Pies!

My Daddy worked in a cotton mill for 35 years. He was a weaver. He would take strands of cotton and weave them into fabric. He loved to eat, and Mother spoiled him with all the good food he loved. She sent him off to work each day after a big breakfast of eggs, ham or bacon, grits and biscuits. He enjoyed the big lunches Mother made for him, especially the fried fruit pie she always put in his lunch bag. She always made a nice dinner (we called it supper back then) for us. I remember the hearty meat dishes finished off with one of her pies or cakes. Daddy drove an old 1929 Dodge that had wooden spokes. He had a little dog that adored him and would wait beside the road for him to come home from work every day at 3:30 p.m. For several weeks after Daddy died his little dog, Daisy, would go and sit on the side of the road and wait and wait. After a while she would sadly come home.


This Is A Shadow I Made To Honor My Mother

These are just little mementos of some of my Mother's things.

These are just little mementos of some of my Mother's things.

I Sold These Fried Pies At School

My Daddy died when I was 13 years old. My Mother had no skill. She quit school in the 10th. Grade. Back then an education wasn’t that important for women because the wives and mothers stayed home, kept the house and took care of the family. They cooked and cleaned. My Mother didn’t even drive a car. It wasn’t necessary for her to drive. Mother cleaned houses for people and took in laundry to make ends meet. As soon as I turned 16, I got a job at the local drug store stocking shelves.

I have wonderful memories of spending time with my Mother, especially cooking. She amazed me with her talent for turning out the best cakes, pies and cookies on that old wood burning stove. She got the idea of making fried fruit pies to sell to make money. She would stay up late into the night and make these little pies, and I would take them to school the next day and sell them for ten cents each. I could sell all she could make!

This Is My Mother's Recipe For Fried Fruit Pies

I have her directions for making these little fruit pies that I’d like to share. She would make apple and peach, but my favorite was apple. We grew both fruits so they both were plentiful. So if your family prefers peaches, just use them instead of apples.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

4 min

49 min

8 Fried Pies

Ingredients needed for Fried Apple Pies

Get all the ingredients ready before you begin to make the pies.

Get all the ingredients ready before you begin to make the pies.


  • 2 Cans Apple Pie Filling
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutneg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 1/4 Cup Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • Confectioner's sugar, Sprinkle on top of cooked pies

Apples And Spices Mixed

  1. For Filling: Combine apple pie filling, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, 1 tablespoon Flour. Mix well.
  2. For Crust: Mix Bisquick and milk to form dough. Roll out dough. Cut circles out of dough using a 5 inch lid or plastic bowl. Spoon small amount in the middle of the circle. Fold circle over and crimp with a fork. Deep fry either in a skillet or deep fryer. Heat Oil to 350 degrees about 4 minutes. Drain, and dust with confectioner's sugar.

Dough Is Rolled Out And Cut Into Circles

Pie Is Ready To Deep Fry

I overfill my pies!

I overfill my pies!

This is the Presto Deep Fryer that I have and enjoy!

The Deep Fryer I Used To Fry The Pies

You can use a large skillet instead of a fryer.

You can use a large skillet instead of a fryer.

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The Fried Pie Sprinkled With Confectioner's Sugar

Eat Warm With Ice Cream