Pies have been around since Medieval times when they needed something to seal in the juices of cooking meat or fruit. Someone with cooking skills and an inventor’s mind developed dough and it was perfect.
But in the 1800s, some upstart, practical Americans came up with something truly ingenious–the FRIED PIE.
Early on, they were also called “hand pies” or “crab lanterns.”
Whatever name they went by, they were enthusiastically received. They were portable, no mess and you held them in your hand. Didn’t need a fork or plate. Folks could pack them into saddlebags, lunch pails, take them on trains or out on the range.
First, for those who don’t know what they are, I should probably explain. Picture this– a circle of dough, a filling of either fruit or meat on one side, the other half folded over then crimped with a fork to seal the edges, after which they’re put into a fryer of hot grease.
Absolutely out of this world!
Some would argue that fried pies are a Southern treat, but hold up there, pardner!
Our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, who hailed from New Hampshire, craved fried pies and brought them with him to the White House. (1853-1857)
In Texas Mail Order Bride, my middle brother bachelor Rand Sinclair’s mother made them and Rand sold them out of his Lily of the West Saloon. Cooper Thorne with his notorious sweet tooth was a regular customer.
And if you’ve already read it, you don’t have long to wait for book two, Rand’s story – TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE. It releases on May 5th! It’s available for preorder now.
My Question: Have you eaten a fried pie (or baked)? What do you think of them?
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Next Month — Cover Reveal for TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE!!
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