Over the years I've made different variations of his grandma's recipe to try and satisfy his craving. Obviously, I can't go out back and pick apples, and I have no tin roof to dry them on if I could. I imagine that his grandma probably fried the pies in pure lard, too. (I won't be going there). I have come up with a reasonably close substitute for her recipe, though, and even if it's different it's still delicious! I made a batch last night.
First I peeled and sliced about 8 large Granny Smith apples (and they did come from North Carolina...our local markets truck them in from the mountains...it's too hot to grow apples down here) and then I mixed them with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of salt, and a couple of squeezes of lemon juice. Since I was already baking sweet potatoes I put the pan of apples in the oven to cook slowly alongside them.
After a couple of hours this is what they looked like:
Then I used premade sheets of pie pastry, rolled out and cut in half. I put a good dollop of apples in each.....
....and then folded them over and crimped down the edges with a fork.
|Ready for frying|
I heated vegetable oil in a deep skillet and very carefully lowered each pie down into the hot oil.
When they were golden brown, I put them on paper towels to drain, and sprinkled sugar on top while they were still hot.