Peach Hand Pies (Fried)
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 8 hand pies
Peach Filling:
  • 4 large peaches (about 1½ lbs)
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon lemon juice
Pie Dough:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 quarts of high smoke point oil for frying (peanut, grape seed, avocado, canola, vegetable)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Peach Filling:
  1. Peel and chop the peaches into ½ inch pieces.
  2. Here's a great tip for getting the skin off the peaches. Cut an X on the top and bottom of the peach with a small paring knife. Boil some water in a pot and then submerge the peaches in the boiling water. In 30 seconds to a minute, take the peaches out of the hot water and place them into some icy cold water to stop the cooking process. The skin slips right off. You can take it off with your fingers or use a paper towel to help you get a better grip. I use the exact same method to take the skin off tomatoes too.
  3. Place the chopped peaches and the sugar into a small or medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. When they come to a boil, uncover the peaches and cook for another 10 minutes or so, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the peaches are soft.
  4. Take the peaches off the heat. Add the lemon juice and mix to combine. At this point, I like to use a potato masher and mash up half of the peach mixture and then add it back to the rest of the peaches. It gives it a chunkier, more even texture, but you still have some nice bits of peaches distributed throughout the filling. Cool completely. You can make the peach filling up to 3 days in advance, just store it in the refrigerator.
Pie Dough:
  1. Meanwhile, start making the pie dough.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a food processor and mix to combine. Pour in the melted and cooled butter and pulse the mixture until it looks like wet sand. Scrape down the sides of the food processor, then pour in the milk and pulse again until all the flour is incorporated and the mixture looks pebbly.
  3. Take the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and hand mix it, until it all comes together, but be careful not to over mix it.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and pat them into small rounds. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  5. Take the dough rounds out of the refrigerator and roll each one of them out into 6-7 inch circles. I honestly didn't need any additional flour on my counter to roll out the dough.
  6. Place 2 - 2½ Tablespoons of the peach filling into the center of the dough circles. If the dough is very floury, brush the edges with flour, so they will stick better. Fold the top of the dough over the filling and pinch of edges of the dough together, sealing really well, and making sure to get as much air out of the inside of the pies before you seal the edges. Also, try not to get too much of the peach liquid into the center of the dough, since you don't want it to be too wet, otherwise the edges won't adhere well and the hand pies will bust open.
  7. Use a fork to go around the edges and seal them even better. You will have 8 hand pies. You may have some peach filling left over. You can form all the peach pies and store them in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before frying them, or fry them right away.
Cooking the Hand Pies:
  1. When you are ready to fry the pies, pour in the oil into a large dutch oven and heat it up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large plate with paper towels, so that you can place the fried pies on the paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  2. It is very important to heat the oil to the right temperature. If the oil isn't hot enough, the hand pies will soak up too much excess grease and the hand pies will be WAY TOO greasy. Yuck. If the oil is too hot, the outside of the pies will get golden brown too fast, but won't cook all the way through.
  3. When the oil comes to temperature, add 4 of the hand pies to the oil and cook for about 1½ minutes, flip the hand pies over and cook for another 1½ minutes. Keep checking the oil, adjusting the heat as needed, to maintain the temperature to at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the hand pies out of the oil and place them to drain on the paper towel lined plate. Return the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and add the remaining 4 hand pies, cooking them for another 1½ minutes per side and then draining them on the paper towel lined plate.
  4. For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract until you have a smooth consistency. I usually start out with 2 Tablespoons of milk and then add more if the glaze is too thick.
  5. Brush the glaze on one side of the hand pies. I usually only glaze one side, but you can glaze both sides. It's up to you. Cool for about 10 minutes before serving, so that the hot filling doesn't burn your mouth.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days, although they never last more than a day at my house:).
Recipe by Olga's Flavor Factory at