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Fried Fruit Pies

2 cups dried fruit of choice water to cover fruit
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup shortening
5-6 tbs. water
1 tbs. sugar

Place dried fruit in a saucepan & cover with water. Cook over medium heat until tender. Drain & add sweeten to taste with 1 cup or more of sugar. Combine 1 TBS sugar, flour, salt, shortening, & water. Mix well & roll into a large ball. Pinch off a small amount of dough & roll to 4 inches in diameter. Spread 2 TBS of cooked fruit mixture on half the 4 inch pastry. Fold over, press edges, & prick top with a fork. Heat oil (1/2 inch deep) in a non stick skillet. Place pies into hot oil & fry until brown on one side. Turn & brown on other side. Turn only once. For an easy pie, you can use canned biscuits in place of pastry dough. Roll out as instructed for pastry. 

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