Fried Apple Pies

These fried apple pies are made with refrigerated biscuits and dried apples.

    * 8 ounces dried apples
    * 1 cup water (using apple cider is a nice touch)
    * 1/3 cup light brownsugar
    * 1 tablespoon butter
    * 1 tsp apple pie spice
    *  Some chopped pecans are a nice addition
    * 1 can refrigerated flaky biscuits (Pillsbury Grands)
    * vegetable oil, for frying

Combine apples and water in saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and let cool, mashing slightly if pieces are large. Stir in sugar, butter and apple pie spice (pecans too, if using); set mixture aside.

Roll each biscuit into a 5-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place about 2 tablespoons apple mixture on half of each biscuit circle. To seal pies, dip fingers in water and moisten edges of circles. Fold in half, making sure edges are even. Using a fork dipped in flour, press edges firmly together to seal. Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch into a heavy skillet, or use deep fryer. Fry pies in hot oil (370) over medium-high heat golden, turning once. Drain well on paper towels. Dust with confectionary sugar.
Makes 8  pies.