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Baked "Fried Pies"

Cut butter Add butter to dry ingredients Cut in butter
The first step for our pies is to make a pie crust dough. Start by cutting very cold butter into small pieces. Place in refrigerator while preparing the dry ingredients.

Next mix all of the dry ingredients and then add the chilled butter.

Use a pastry cutter of knife and cut in the butter into the flour. When ready there should be pea size pieces of butter throughout the mixture.

Dough ready for liquid Finished dough Refrigerated dough
Add very cold water and the lemon juice to the flour and butter mixture. Mix well.

When all of the liquid is mixed in, take a handful of the mixture and press it together. If it forms a ball and does not crumble apart, then it is ready to refrigerate. If it crumbles easily add more water. Pour the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and cover with the wrap. Press the mixture into a ball and place in the refrigerator and chill for about 1 hour.

Remove from refrigerator and unwrap. The dough should now have a nice light yellow color.

Weigh 3 oz pieces of dough Roll out crust Prepare filling
Weigh out the dough into 3 ounce pieces. Roll the dough into a ball.

Press the dough ball in your hand to form a circle. Place on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter.

Prepare the filling by adding the sugar and seasonings.

Add filling Fold and seal dough Trim excess dough
Put about 1/4 cup of filling in the center of the dough circle.

Dip fingers into some water and wet the edges of the dough circle. This will help the dough to seal. Fold the dough over and with finger tips press around the edges to seal the filling inside.

Now use a cutter to trim off the excess dough. I use a pie tool that gives it a decorative edge.

Sealed pie Cut slots Brush with egg wash
When the excess has been trimmed, use a pair of scissors to cut 3 slots in the top of the pie. This will keep the crust from breaking during baking.

Prepare and egg wash using 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix well and brush the tops of the finished pies with this egg wash.

Sprinkle with sugar Finished pies Ready to eat
Sprinkle the tops of the pies with sugar.

Place on a non stick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

These pies can be frozen for later use. If frozen remove from freezer and place on a cooling rack to thaw. Let them come up to room temperature. They are best when heated in the oven, as this will restore them to just baked texture. Using a microwave will leave the crust soft.

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