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Fried Fruit Pies

Ingredients

2 cups dried fruit of choice water to cover fruit
1 cup sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt 3/4 cup shortening
5-6 TBS water 1 TBS sugar

Preparation

Place dried fruit in a saucepan & cover with water. Cook over medium heat until tender.  Drain & add sweeten to taste with 1 cup or more of sugar.
Combine 1 TBS sugar, flour, salt, shortening, & water.  Mix well  & roll into a large ball.  Pinch off a small amount of  dough & roll to 4 inches in diameter.
Spread 2 TBS of cooked fruit mixture on half the 4 inch pastry.  Fold over, press edges, & prick top with a fork
Heat oil (1/2 inch deep) in a non stick skillet.  Place pies into hot oil & fry until brown on one side.  Turn & brown on other side.  Turn only once.

For an easy pie, you can use canned biscuits in place of pastry dough.  Roll out as instructed for pastry.

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