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  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 4 cups peeled, cored, diced tart apples apples
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of apples)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 prepared pie crusts discs
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Place apples in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a low boil. Cook about 4 minutes or until apples are soft (but not mushy), stirring occasionally. Drain and place apples in a bowl.
  2. Stir together juices, sugar and cornstarch until well blended in a saucepan. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Fold in apples. Cook about 3 minutes or until liquid becomes thick and clear.
  3. Add oil to a depth of 5 or 6 inches to a heavy pot. Heat to 350F.
  4. Roll and cut pie dough into 8 to 10 (6-inch) circles. Spoon 1/4 cup filling on one side of each dough circle. Fold dough over to cover filling. Pinch edges to seal.
  5. Place two or three pies into oil. Fry 7 to 8 minutes per side, maintaining oil at 350F temperature. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with confectioners’ sugar sprinkled on top.
Recipe by Mary Carter.

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