Saturday, April 26, 2008

A is for Apple! J is for Jacks!

Apple Jacks. Those two words bring grown folks begging in our family. In our corner of the world apple jacks is not a sugary cereal but a delicious fried apple pie.We can not wait for the county fair or county Relay for Life because there is always a local church selling apple jacks as one of their fund raisers. You should see the lines just to get one of those fried pies of apple goodness.

Usually I leave the apple jack making to the experts and just have them as a treat those two times a year. I am lucky enough to have had a wonderful Grandmother who will make them occasionally. Just this week, she made some for us and we were eating them as fast as they came off of the stove. I learned how to make the apple filling and the dough is just refrigerator biscuits. I'm not sure why we have considered them twice a year treats. After all they are filled with fruit, so doesn't that make them a health food?!

For the filling:

Dried apples

It is hard to give exact measurements because as you know with fruit, it can vary in sweetness. Just cook it together until the apples rehydrate and it gets thick and sweet like a pie filling. Some people may want to add spices like cinnamon, but we're purists. Nothing but apples and sugar in our filling.


Refrigerator biscuits (Grands or bigger biscuits work best)

Pat out biscuit and roll. Fill with apples, fold dough over and crimp with a fork. It really is that simple.

Waiting for the frying pan.

In a frying pan (preferably cast iron) pour in about one inch of oil. Be careful not to get the oil too hot or the outside will burn and it will be doughy on the inside. You want it to cook through. It only takes a couple of minutes. Drain them on a paper towel and eat them as quickly as possible. They are best right out of the pan.

1 comment:

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Those look really delicious. Biscuits+deep-frying+fruit so you can still feel virtuous = YUMMY!