November 17, 2017

My Mother's Kentucky Fried Apple Pies

I know you all are planning for Thanksgiving about now and do not have the time to make these right now maybe, but if you do, they are a wonderful fall dish. I was going to say desert, but they are yummy warmed up for breakfast too.  

I grew up with my mother making these sweet treats in the fall. I am not sure if they are just a regional Kentucky thing or not...but Kentucky folks sure do like these. And I include myself!!!

I have the full recipe below...but here is the story version, because I always have a "story" about everything. :-)

Mother made these treats for my Witches' Tea. I took some quick cell phone pics as she was getting things started...then as I got busy flipping them in the skillet while she rolled the dough my pics quit. ha. oops. 

The process began a couple of days before she made the actual pies...because she had to cook, simmer, and then let the apple filling sit in the refrigerator. 

For these pies you begin with dried apples. 

I think my mother bought these at the Amish store in Casey County Kentucky. (My dad told me of remembering his mother drying sliced apples on a piece of tin roofing. I learned something new.)  You could use your own dehydrator also. 

Mother told me that she spent half of a day "cooking down" these apples. She put one bag of apples in a large pot on the stove top. Or a cast iron skillet if you have one large enough. 

To the pot of apples she added enough water to cover the apples. At this point, she cautioned that you must be careful to not let the apples burn. You must monitor the cooking process all day. :-) Add more water through as you go along.  This will be a low  temp, and slow process.

After the addition of water she then added half a stick of margarine, sugar...and cinnamon. (She mentioned that sometimes she uses apple pie spices.) 

I have not given you specific amounts because it seems to be one of those recipes that you do by taste...(the addition of sugar and spices.) It's an old country recipe...! (My great grandmother made cakes, biscuits, etc with out a paper recipe.) 

Once the apples have cooked ....put them in a large covered bowl to rest for a day or two in the refrigerator. You want the spices to soak into the apples. 

My mother uses plain biscuits for her dough. Some might make pastry dough. Some might make homemade biscuit dough. My mother has always used biscuits. She said not use flaky type biscuits. 

Let's make pies!

Mother said her pastry sheet kept slipping so she just washed her counter really well, spread flour on it, and began. You can see how the "cooked down" apples look above. 

Flour the rolling pin and counter really well. 

Then roll the biscuit as thin as you can. (Looks like a tortilla to me.)

She rolled that poor little biscuit several times before she was done.

At that point she added a few tablespoons of apple mixture on one half of the biscuit. 

She brushed water onto the edges of the biscuit before she folded it in half. Then she crimped the edges with a fork. 

The next stage is the cooking!

Mother likes to use an electric skillet. She pours a little bit of canola oil into the skillet (1/4 inch) and when the oil is hot she puts the pies in. (Caution to young cooks...Do Not walk away from oil heating in a skillet.)

Here is the tricky part. This is kind of like cooking have to get the swing of the oil and skillet temperature so that you do not burn the biscuits. The biscuit must be cooked till done, but not burned. 

Dad bought mom a new electric skillet, and the first batch of pies got a little too dark, but we ate them anyway. ha! We got the hang of the new skillet. 

At this point mother and I had a division of labor. She rolled and filled the biscuits and I did the frying and flipping. To get the "fold" section of the biscuit cooked I stood it up on the fold and leaned it against the edge of the skillet. It worked!

This is what you want your fried apple pie to look like, above. That warm golden brown fried apple pie with a sweet cinnamon apple filling is just one of the best things in life. 

I do not have a picture of them plated up because I just got busy. I took my treasures home and put them into the refrigerator to await my party guests. 

They can be warmed before serving...but I let them just come to room temperature. Of course the best way to eat them is right out of the skillet. ha ha! Truly. 

Like I is a simple country recipe. Sometimes those are the best! I know that we love them in my family. I always loved for my mother to make those in the fall every year. This year was no exception. I love her Kentucky fried apple pies. 

Here is mom's recipe!

Mother's Kentucky Fried Apple Pies

One bag, appx 4 to 5 cups, of dried apples.
Half a stick of margarine, or butter
One cup of sugar, or to taste
Cinnamon, or apple pie spice, to taste
4 tubes of plain refrigerator biscuits
Flour for dusting rolling pin and counter
Canola oil for electric skillet. 

How to...
Place apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon, in large pot or cast iron skillet. 
Cover apples with water. Slowly cook down over three or so hours. Adding water as needed.
Put cooked apples in covered dish in the refrigerator for a day or two before making pies.
Roll each biscuit out paper thin. 
Add apple mixture to half, brush water on edges, then fold and crimp. 
Place apple pie into skillet with no more than 1/4 inch of canola oil and slowly fry till golden. 
Remove each pie from the skillet and drain on paper towels. 
Store in the refrigerator if there are any left at bedtime. 

If we don't get a chance to visit with each other before next weekend, let me wish you, your family, and friends a nice Thanksgiving...and safe travels to get to your meeting spot. 
Gobble Gobble!

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Thank you for posting instructions for fried apple pies. My mother used to make them--and peach ones from dried peaches--just like your mom does. I imagine she made her own pie dough because refrigerated biscuits weren't available when I was a child. I'm thinking about making some for Thanksgiving Dinner with our grown children. That will be a good story to tell since I never made fried apple pieslike Mother did.

    1. Please let me know how your fried pies turn out. 😊 I had never had a resl lesson on making them till mother showed me how a couple of weeks ago. It was a good lesson to learn how to mske these. Old time foods need to be kept going by some of us. Sounds like a fun thing to do with your family and tell stories of your mother. Peaches sound good! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Forgot to add that in later years Mother baked the small pies in the oven. And we always called the pies "tarts"--may be an Alabama thing!

  3. Thank you, thank you for an actual recipe!!! These are so much like my mother's recipe for some of my favorite things on earth!!! I remember my grandmother drying her apples on a screen on a frame. I didn't remember how long they take to cook. Mother also used pie crusts but I think the biscuits might be easier to keep from burning. Mine fall apart a little and the little prices burn. Anyway, I'may going to try making these!!

  4. Your Mother's pie recipe sounds like a good one and they look awesome..Happy Thanksgiving

  5. These look so delicious. And my mom always used an electric skillet.

  6. Those look and sound so good! I’ve never had one but I can only imagine how tasty they are!

  7. These look so good! Thanks for sharing a family recipe. My husband's mother used to make pies similar to these. His stepdad would dry their own apples in a dryer that he made. Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

  8. Wow those fried apple pies sure look good. Thanks for the recipe to make them! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. :0)

  9. These look SCARY GOOD, Sheila!! Oh boy, I'll have to give these a try, thanks for sharing your mom's recipe!

  10. my grandma made these also;but she used homemade chunky applesauce. She fried them up in her cast iron skillet. Oh I loved them so much!


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