Fried apple pies

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time42 mins
  • DifficultyMedium

For the dough

675g plain flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp caster sugar
220g unsalted butter, very cold, cut into 16 pieces
60g lard, very cold, cut into 4 pieces
120 to 160ml ice water
Chilled dough circles
1L peanut or rapeseed oil
225g caster sugar mixed with 30g ground cinnamon
Apple filling

For the apple filling

60g unsalted butter
60g light brown muscovado sugar
60ml Calvados
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm dice
3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm dice
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1) For the dough, whisk the flour with the salt and sugar in a large bowl. Toss half the butter and lard in the flour to coat, then use a pastry blender, knives or your fingers to cut in the fats until pea sized or a bit smaller. Toss the rest of the butter and lard into the mixture, then cut in again until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some larger chunks of fat throughout.

2) Use your finger to draw a trench down the center of the mixture, and sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the water down the trench and around the outside of the flour. Toss the flour with the water using your fingers or a rubber spatula. Repeat until the dough comes together in shaggy chunks. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and use the heel of your hand to smear pieces of dough away from you. Gather the dough together with a pastry scraper and press into a large disk. Wrap tightly and refrigerate a few hours before using.

3) On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough just slightly thicker than .5cm. Cut out 13cm circles, place on greaseproof paper on a baking sheet, and chill while you prepare the filling.

Apple filling:

4) Melt the butter in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the moscovado sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the Calvados and cook for 1 minute.

5) Add the apples and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger and cook until the apples are caramelized and just cooked through, about 10 minutes longer. Scrape into a shallow bowl or onto a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.

Assembly:

6) Place 1 of the dough circles on a flat surface and place a few tablespoons of the apple filling onto one half of each circle of dough. Brush a little cold water around the circumference of the dough and fold it in half so the other side comes down over the apple filling. Seal the pie and make a decorative edge by pressing the edges of the dough together with the back of a fork. Place the pies on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper to chill for 30 minutes.

7) Heat the oil in a large saucepan until it reaches 180C on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry the pies, 2 at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let drain for 10 seconds then toss with the cinnamon sugar. Serve.

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