These were little nuggets of goodness. They were tiny – about two bites each – and so tasty. They were fairly easy to make, and so addicting to eat. I found this in “The Homesick Texan Cookbook”. I’d love to make these for a party sometime, I think people would go crazy for them. Enjoy!
1 (9″) pie crust
4 tbs unsalted butter
2 cups cooking apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and diced
1 tbs flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Canola oil, for frying
Powdered sugar and ground cinnamon, for dusting at the end
In a large skillet, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Add apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, chile powder, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the apples are soft but not mushy. Remove from the heat.
Roll out the pie crust to 1/8″ thickness. Cut out 2 1/2 to 3 inch circles with a floured biscuit cutter. Roll out any leftover scraps and cut more circles. You should have 10 to 12 circles.
Place 1 to 2 tsp of apple filling in the center of each pie crust circle. Be careful not to overfill. Fold the crust over, sealing the edges (dip your fingers in lukewarm water to do this). Press the edges with the tines of a fork.
In a cast-iron skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 350 F. With a spatula, gently place each pie into the hot oil, and turn over after 1 minute. Cook on the second side another minute, then drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle the pies with powdered sugar and ground cinnamon. Serve warm.