Southern Fried Hand Pies are a special treat that many folks have fond memories of — from grandma making them in her home kitchen to sitting on the front step and taking that first bite, nothing ever tasted so good. Bring back those memories with these homemade Southern Fried Hand Pies.
In the South, fried fruit pies are synonymous with memories of childhood. And, as many names as we have to call the beloved woman that made them, there are as many ways to make fried pies. But, the traditional southern fried pie are made with dried fruit and a handmade biscuit-style dough. That’s how grandma did it!
According to Wikipedia these fried pies were known as “Crab Lanterns”, a term that dates back to at least 1770. It is believed that the term may have originated from crab apple pies that had slits for ventilation, thus resembling a lantern. Roadside stands here in the South often refer to fried pies as “Crab Lanterns”.