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Southern Fried Chocolate Pies

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 8
Categories: Chocolate / Desserts / Pies & Pastries

2  cups  all-purpose flour, fat removed
1  teaspoon  salt
1/2  cup  vegetable shortening, * see note
1/3  cup  water, cold
3/4  cup  sugar
1/2  cup  cocoa powder, unsweetened
1  stick  margarine, cold

* Use peanut or safflower oil or solid vegetable shortening for frying. 1. For crust: sift flour and salt together; cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knifes, until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. 2. Add ice water a little at a time while tossing with a fork, until dough holds together. Do not get too moist. 3. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into circles about five inches in diameter. 4. Mix cocoa powder with the sugar. Place 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture onto one half of the circle and place 3 very thin slices of cold margarine on top. Fold opposite side over mixture and seal with a fork dipped in flour. 5. Pour oil to a depth of about 1/2 inch in a heavy skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot. Place pies in a single layer in oil and fry, turning to brown each side. An iron skillet works best. Serve hot, warm, or cold.

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