Old-fashioned fried peach pies

Old-fashioned fried peach pies are a Southern classic, featuring sweet and spiced peach filling encased in a flaky, fried pastry. Here’s a simple recipe to make these delightful treats:


For the Peach Filling:

  • 2 cups fresh or canned peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice water

For Frying:

  • Vegetable oil for frying

For Dusting:

  • Powdered sugar


  1. Prepare the Peach Filling:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine diced peaches, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss until the peaches are well coated. Set aside to let the flavors meld while you prepare the dough.
  1. Make the Dough:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  1. Roll Out the Dough:
  • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Using a round cutter (about 4-5 inches in diameter), cut out circles for the pies.
  1. Fill and Seal the Pies:
  • Place a spoonful of peach filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the circle in half, creating a half-moon shape, and use a fork to seal the edges. Ensure there are no openings for the filling to escape during frying.
  1. Fry the Pies:
  • In a deep skillet or fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Carefully place the pies into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried pies to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  1. Dust with Powdered Sugar:
  • Allow the fried peach pies to cool slightly before dusting them with powdered sugar.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Serve the fried peach pies warm as a delicious, nostalgic treat.

These old-fashioned fried peach pies are perfect for picnics, family gatherings, or any time you crave a taste of Southern comfort.

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