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Emeril's Peach Fried Pies with Cinnamon Crust

Emeril Lagasse's Sweet Summer Treat

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Difficulty: Difficult
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse shares a recipe for unique summer "pies" using seasonal peaches.


  • Peach Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups fresh peach slices, peeled (or frozen and thawed)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Vanilla bean ice cream, for serving
  • Cinnamon Crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the work surface
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling the pies
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, diced and chilled
  • 9 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, chilled, plus more for frying
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
  • Cooking Directions

    In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar, peach slices, cloves, and nutmeg. Mix until blended.

    Bring mixture to a boil; turn down heat and allow mixture to simmer until the peaches are softened, 20 to 25 minutes.

    Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches from the saucepan and place in a small bowl. Reserve 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the peach liquid in the saucepan and discard the rest. Return the peaches to the saucepan.

    In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and the cornstarch. Whisk cornstarch mixture into the peach mixture, stirring until combined. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to keep from sticking; mixture will be very thick.

    Transfer peach mixture to a clean bowl and chill for 1 hour, or until completely chilled.

    To make the crust, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt into a large mixing bowl.

    Add the chilled cream cheese and shortening and, working with your hands or a fork, mix until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time and gently mix until the dough begins to stick together.

    Form dough into a round disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Remove from the refrigerator and divide the dough into 8 equal portions.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out each dough piece into a thin circle, about 6-inches in diameter.

    Place 1/4 cup of the chilled peach filling into the center of each dough round. Fold the dough over, making a half-moon shaped pastry, trim any excess dough leaving a 1/2-inch edge around the filling, and crimp the edges together with a fork.

    Chill pies for 30 minutes.

    In a large heavy skillet, melt vegetable shortening to a depth of about 1/2-inch. Heat the shortening to 350° F.

    Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with paper towels and sprinkle sugar lightly over the paper towels.

    Fry pies in skillet, in batches, until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle the tops of the pies with sugar.

    Serve immediately with vanilla bean ice cream, or let cool on a wire rack and serve at room temperature.

    Recipe copyright 2005, Emeril Lagasse

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: peaches, cloves, cinnamon

    Course: Cookies, Dessert, Snack

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