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Big Mama's Southern Fried Peach Pies

My Big Mama, who was actually very petite, made these fried pies for us when we came down to Tennessee to visit.  While later in life she actually used canned biscuit dough for the delicious fried pies, she also used a homemade dough which I use.   She used terms like... "I reckon" and called the refrigerator a "frigidaire."  While quite the beautiful refined lady in her later years, you wouldn't know she helped Big Daddy run the family farm during her marriage and cooked many southern treats that I still love to this day.  Get ready to FRY it up!!!

PC: Kelly Neil

PC: Kelly Neil


Yields: makes 8-9  handle held pies

Make your filling first:

  • 6-7 large peaches cut up into small pieces

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons of butter

  • 1 1/2 tsps of vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp of cinammon

  • 1/4 tsp of salt

  • In a saucepan, cook your peaches until they are mushy probably about 20 on medium heat. Let cool completely.

Mix dough in your mixer:

  • 4 cups plus 4 tablespoons of all-purpose dough

  • 5 tsps of confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 8 Tablespoons of butter cold ( 1 stick)

  • 8 Tablespoons of crisco or lard

  • 1 cup of ice water

Sift your dry ingredients together an cut in the butter and crisco.  Sprinkle in the water while it forms into dough.  Stop mixer and work the rest with your hands so it doesn't become hard. 

Refrigerate dough for an hour in wax paper or parchment.

Rollin' it Out and Makin' Yo' Pies 

 Roll out your dough on a floured surface and not so thin that you can't pick it up.  I use this Large Dough Press by Norpro to make my sweet little pies.  Use the bottom of the press to form the circle and then with a spatua lift the circle off the surface and place on the floured  fluted side of the press.  Place a small amount of the peach filling inside one half of the press.  Flip dough over on itself and press making your pie.  

Don't be alarmed because they are FRIED pies.  Fry them in crisco.  I'm sorry , it is simply the best to use and fry them on medium heat in a non-stick frying pan.  Watch closely, they cook within a minute for each side.  Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top while they are hot and serve HOT !!.  

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New West Styling Tips

BIg Mama made these fried pies in the morning served with breakfast.  Of course you can make them for dessert in the evening or afternoon snack. They are especially yummy with homemade whipped creme. They travel well to picnics and they are a UNIQUE item not often served because they take time and made with real LOVE.  Tuck them in your picnic basket for the Music Festival and show them your stuff!

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Can’t wait for you to send me a photo of your Southern Fried Peach Pies Styled and eaten! Please tag @stylingthenewwest! or Email