Please read the story about the Fruits of the Spirit before baking this dessert. It will give you biblical ideas about what to talk about when discussing the Fruits of the Spirit. Baking things with fruit is a wonderful time to discuss the Fruits of the Spirit.
Self Control – AppleThe apple reminds us that we need to have self-control. Eve needed to restrain from her desire to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Self Control is to restrain one’s emotions, actions, and desires to line up with God’s will. Self Control is not living for one’s own desires.
We have great memories with my husband’s grandma making all of us Fried Apple Pies. She passed away 2008 at age 97. The pies were usually a staple everytime we visited her. One of my husband’s earliest childhood memories around food was helping his grandma “Ma Willie” prepare the apples. They would cut them up and let them dry on her back porch. He was very young but remembers this well. This is a delicious southern dessert. Try it with ice cream topped with caramel. Ma Willie’s favorite way to enjoy them was with a cup of coffee. I do not dry the apples but they are still very delicious and a great memory of someone we will never forget.
Baked Fried Apple Pies
Crust3 cups all purpose flour 1 cup Crisco shortening 2 tsp sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 TB vinegar 6 1/2 TB ice water
Cut shortening into flour and sugar. Mix the next four ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Add to flour mixture. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in 7 to 8 inch circles. I cut the dough out using a 7 inch bowl. Place 3 TB filling on each circle. Brush the edges of the circle with water. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork. Beat 1 egg with 1TB milk or cream. Brush the tops of the pies with the egg wash. Cut 3 or 4 small slits in the top of the pie to release steam. Mix 1 TB sugar with 1TSP cinnamon and sprinkle over pies. Bake 375 degrees 20 minutes.
This pie crust is extremely flakey and is great to use in any recipe calling for pie crust. However, pre-made pie crust would substitute fine. This recipe makes five pies.
Delicious Apple Filling2 TB butter 4 Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon lemon juice (OR use a can of apple pie filling)
In a large sauce pan cook butter, apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice until apples are soft about 15 minutes. COOL
Icing1 cup Confectioners’ sugar 2 TB milk
Drizzle on top after you bake them or try drizzling caramel ice cream topping over the apple pies.
Peach Filling4 large peaches, peeled, chopped fine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 TB butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Combine peaches, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt in a medium saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until peaches are tender about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
Blueberry Filling2 cups blueberries 1/2 cup sugar 3 TB flour 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp lemon zest 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup water
Mix filling together and bring to a boil for about 2 to 3 minutes. Cool completely.