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Fried Peach Hand Pies spiked with tequila

Fried Peach Hand Pies are sinfully delicious! Anything made with flaky pastry filled with tequila-spiked peaches then deep fried and coated with spiced sugar has to be good.

a fried peach pie on a wood surface

I usually try to write a little about each recipe I post, either an explanation of how the recipe was developed and perfected, or maybe a bit about the science behind the recipe.

But do I really need to say anything about this recipe? I mean, seriously, why wouldn’t I make fried hand pies filled with fresh peaches, and why wouldn’t I add a little spice to the peaches, and why wouldn’t I add just a hint of tequila to the peaches? Oh, the tequila. Well that is a little bit of a story.

Click through the step-by-step process photos to see how to make Fried Peach Hand Pies:

a bowl of hand pie filling

Macerate the peaches so they don’t fall apart when cooked with the tequila.

assembling hand pies

Lay out the circles of pie dough, fill with peach filling and fold.

frying hand pies

Fry the pies a few at a time then immediately roll in the spiced sugar.

Peaches and tequila are a match made in Mexico

This is a fairly straightforward hand pie recipe with just a hint of spice added for a little zing. But the addition of the tequila was inspired by a  vacation in Mexico.

We (and by “we” I mean “I”) brought home a couple of bottles of aged tequila and have been spiking drinks and dishes with it ever since.

The other night we made a pitcher of Mexican Sangria to enjoy with our dinner. Anyone who’s ever had sangria knows (or should know) that the best part is eating the boozy fruit at the bottom of the pitcher after the sangria is all gone.

Well, when we were eating the peaches from of our Mexican Sangria the other night we realized just how great peaches and aged tequila taste together. Hence, the inspiration for Fried Hand Pies with tequila-spiked peaches.

You won’t get hit over the head with tequila flavor, but the tequila enhances the fruit and spice flavors (check out this post to learn why alcohol enhances certain flavors).

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I brought these hand pies to a Labor Day get together and they were a big hit. Of course, if you don’t like or want the alcohol in the filling you can use water instead of tequila to cook the peaches.

 

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A plate of fried peach hand pies with one open at the top

Tequila Spiked Fried Peach Hand Pies

Yield: 18-24 pies
Prep Time: 2 hours
Chilling/Cooling Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Fried dough with tequila spiked peaches - 'nuff said.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Flaky Cream Cheese Dough or store bought pie crust, chilled.

Peach Filling

  • 3 pounds fresh peaches-peeled, pitted and chopped into 1/2" cubes (about 7c, chopped)
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup (5-6oz, 170g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons good tequila or water

Assembly

  • Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup (8 oz, 225 g) granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Make the dough at least 2-3 hours ahead so it has time to rest. Line a 1/2 sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Roll the dough to 1/8" thick. Use a 4"-5" round cutter to cut circles. (I used a 4.5" cutter). Place the circles onto a parchment lined sheet pan with a sheet of parchment between each layer of circles. Piece together the scraps, re-roll and cut until all the dough is used. Cover and refrigerate the dough rounds while you make the filling

Prepare the peach filling

  1. Toss the chopped peaches with the salt, sugar, spices and lemon juice and allow to macerate for 1 hour. Strain the peaches and collect the juice, There should be about 3/4-1 cup of juice depending on how ripe the fruit is. Combine the corn starch with the juice and whisk until smooth.
  2. Over medium low heat, cook the drained peaches with the tequila until they soften, about 5-10 minutes. Mix the cornstarch slurry into the peaches. Stirring constantly, cook the peach mixture until it is thick and the juices are bubbling.
  3. Transfer the filling to a bowl and allow to cool completely before assembling the pies.

Assemble and fry the pies

  1. In a pie plate or other shallow dish combine 1 cup granulated sugar with spices.
  2. Place the dough rounds on your work surface. Brush around the edge of each dough round with egg wash. Place a heaping tablespoon of peach filling in the center of each round. Fold the round over to form a 1/2 moon and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Return the assembled pies to the lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least a 1/2 hour.
  3. Meanwhile heat the oil (at least 2" deep) in a wide pan to 350°F.
  4. Fry the pies in batches, flipping 1/2 way through cooking to brown both sides. As you remove each pie from the oil place it in the cinnamon sugar, turning once to coat all sides.
  5. Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes

I made this recipe using fresh peaches but you could probably use frozen peaches instead. You may need to adjust the sugar for sweetened peaches.

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cherry almond hand pies

Flaky Cream Cheese Dough

Yield: Enough for 2 crust pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A great flaky pastry made with cream cheese and butter. This dough rolls beautifully

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups (13.75 oz 385g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (.5 oz, 14g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) cream cheese, cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 stick (4 oz, 112g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120ml) cold water

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Toss in the cream cheese. Using your fingers, mix the cream cheese into the flour until it resembles coarse corn meal.
  3. Toss the butter into the flour and use your fingers to work it in. Allow the flakes to break up into slightly smaller pieces. Work quickly so the butter doesn't get warm. Don't break the butter down completely. There should be some large flakes remaining.
  4. Pour the water onto the flour all at once and toss to combine. Gently work the dough just until it comes together. Form the dough into a rectangle or square, wrap and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or make it the day before and let it rest overnight.
  5. The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Sharon

Saturday 6th of March 2021

These would be alright to serve to kiddos as well, correct...since the alcohol cooks out?

Sharon

Thursday 11th of March 2021

@Eileen Gray, alright, thank you!

Eileen Gray

Sunday 7th of March 2021

Well, there's only 3 tablespoons of tequila between 18-24 hand pies. I can't say for sure that ALL the alcohol cooks off. There's probably a trace left after cooking. You need to use your own judgement based on your own comfort level. You can always use water instead of tequila if you're worried.

Ryan

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Can this be canned well? Making now and have a lot of peaches. Thinking about canning more filling for later!

Eileen Gray

Friday 26th of June 2020

No. It's not safe to can fruit thickened with cornstarch. I would only can recipes that are written specifically with that in mind. I found this information at the Iowa State university extension website.

Teresa

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Firstly, that crust recipe is phenomenal and will be my go to from now on. Secondly, the only change to the recipe I made was using 1/3 brown sugar and 2/3 granulated sugar in the filling and added a pinch of salt. I am not a tequila fan, but what an awesome flavor it added to this recipe. Lastly, I used my air fryer instead of deep frying. 375 for 10 minutes was perfect.. Kudos for a tasty recipe!

Eileen

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Thanks, Teresa. I haven't tried the air fryer. Does it make a big difference. And, yes, that little bit of tequila wakes up the other flavors.

Rosie

Thursday 8th of September 2016

I definitely don't think these need an explanation! They look great and I love the tequila addition.

Eileen Gray

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Thanks Rosie. The tequila just enhances all the other flavors.