Monday, December 19, 2011

Amish Fry Pies in Ohio's Amish Country and Recipe

Amish Fry Pies - What years ago was found only in the south, today are offered at many locations in Ohio's Amish Country. Visitors to Holmes County and the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast greatly enjoy shopping at the local bakeries, taking home a supply of these delectible fruit-filled desserts. Why bother eating a pie with a fork when you can enjoy your favorite fruit pie eaten from the palm of your hand!
Fry pies found at a local bakery

Fry pies, traditional to the South, have grown in popularity among the Amish. Traditionally, they were filled with apple or peach pie filling and baked, but now they come in a wide variety of choices.
Fast food chains also caught on to this trend; McDonalds and Burger King offer baked apple pies in some locations.

Today these popular treats are freshly made, beginning with pie dough rolled into a circle. The thickened pie filling is placed on one side and the pie dough is folded in half and sealed shut. They are then deep fried and finished with a delicate sugar glaze.

Hershberger's Farm and Bakery
Hershberger's Farm and Bakery opened in 1986 and offers 16 varities of these delicious pastries. Flavors include: apple, cherry, black and red raspberry, raison, lemon, elderberry, peach, strawberry, blueberry, and grape; just to name a few! The Amish Pie Company, located in Walnut Creek, Ohio specializes in many kinds of pies and pastries which can be ordered on line. Additionally, Kauffman's Country Bakery just outside of Berlin that offers a wide variety of baked goods, including fry pies.

Recipe for Amish Fry Pies:

Pie Dough:
2 C. white pastry flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 T. sugar
6 T. butter
1/3 C. milk
1 egg yolk

2 cups pie filling of choice

2 T. warm water
1 T. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Powdered sugar until thickened to flowing consistency

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and butter with pastry cutter until slightly lumpy.  Beat egg yolk with milk and add to the flour mixture.  Stir with fork and pat into a ball.  Knead as little as possible.  Form into 8-9 small balls.  Roll out between two pieces of thick plastic.  Place into a fry pie press and fill with 1/4 cup pie filling, or if you don't have a press, simply fold over and press edges with tines of a fork.  Moisten edges with egg whites before sealing.  Deep fry like doughnuts at 375 degrees for two minutes, then glaze.  Serves 8.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 19, 2011

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