Monday, July 19, 2010

Fried Peach Pies

So I joined a new blogging group!  Ashely and Shawnda attended a cooking demo by Rebecca Rather aka the Pastry Queen, and decided to cook their way through her first cookbook.  Of course I can't turn down a chance to bake through one of my favorite cookbooks, so I signed up.

This week's recipe was chosen by Ashley of Delish, and she chose Fourth of July Fried Pies.  The original recipe makes 12 pies, 4 each of blueberry, cherry, and peach.  I knew I didn't need 12 pies lying around my house unattended, so I opted to only make the peach ones, and I divided the recipe in half.  I also added a splash of bourbon and a little brown sugar to the filling... because why not?

These pies have the option of being either baked or fried.  Since I try to keep things light around here, I tested one baked before I decided what to do with the rest.  And then I fried the rest.  Its not that the baked one wasn't good, but it wasn't as good.  Plus, I was hoping to achieve a pie similar to a certain famous drive-through restaurant/local institution here in Atlanta.

If you'd like to join us cooking through The Pastry Queen, check out the blog, Project Pastry Queen.  And stay tuned, because this week we're making Creme Brulee French Toast!!

Fried Peach Pies

adapted from The Pastry Queen, by Rebecca Rather
makes 6-8 peach pies

Peach Filling
  • 3 white peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup peach preserves
  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon or whiskey (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled
  • 3/4 cup ice water
safflower oil, for frying

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, combine the peaches with the preserves, bourbon, and brown sugar.  Stir well to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Pulse a few times to combine.

Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and scatter over the flour mixture.  Process for several 3-second pulses, until the mixture looks like cornmeal.  With the processor on, pour the water into the food processor through the feed tube, and continue to mix until a ball forms.

Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface, and roll into a 1/16 inch circle.  Cut out dough circles with a 5-inch diameter cutter (I used a cereal bowl).  Put 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each circle and fold the dough rounds in half.  wet your fingers with water and press to seal the edges.  Use a fork to crimp the edges.

Using a large skillet or frying pan, pour the oil to about 1-2 inches.  Heat the oil over medium-high heat.  When a scrap of dough sizzles when dropped into the oil, it is hot enough.  Fry the pies, a few at a time, 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.  Brush the warm pies with a pastry brush and serve immediately.


ashley said...

yum! bourbon in the peach filling? perfection!

Ellen said...

oh my gosh... I could never have these in my house because I would eat every single one of them!! They look so so good! And what a great idea, too cook your way through a cookbook, love it! I'd have to 'veganize' everything... or 'vegan-ish' everything :)

Tara @ Smells Like Home said...

i wish i went with peach on these but had a ton of strawberries to use up...there's always next time though, right? the fried version looks so much better than my baked version! lol

Unknown said...

WOW, you are killing me...seriously..I have to work out now that I have seen this pics. LOL

Michelle said...

I will be over later this week when you make the french toast. What time?

These look so good. I think I am off to go make some fried peach pies...

Kira said...

When in doubt, always add bourbon!

Shawnda said...

Adding the bourbon was pure genius!

Nikki said...

I'm not hungry for a chili cheeseburger, onion rings an orange frosted and a fried peach pie from the Varsity! And for the life of me I *cannot* figure out why?!?! ;0)

Nikki said...

not should be NOW! lol I should always preview!

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