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Fried Sweet Potato Pies Recipe

Fried Sweet Potato Pies Recipe

Meet the Cook: With my dad being a farmer who grew them, sweet potatoes have graced our table for as long as I can recall. These, though, resulted from an experiment at a church bake sale when we had excess pastry. People couldn't get enough! -Marilyn Moseley, Toccoa, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:25 servings

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • FILLING:
  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine eggs and milk; add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Cover and chill several hours.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the seven filling ingredients; stir until smooth. Divide the dough into 25 portions. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 5-in. circle. Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling on half of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over filling and press edges with a fork to seal. Prick tops with a fork 4-5 times.
  • 3. In an electric skillet, heat 1/2 in. of oil to 375°. Fry pies, a few at a time, for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 25 pies.