Ever eat a fried pie? Typically they're filled with a sweet apple filling-but I've also eaten delicious fried pies that were filled with peaches. Kerns, along with other food companies, make fried pies-you can usually find them at your local gas station. But those packaged pies don't remotely come close to the yum factor of homemade fried pies.
According to The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery some folks call fried pies-'half-moon' pies due to their shape. I've never heard them called that though. I found this video on Youtube-it's a sweet lady from Kentucky showing how she makes her fried pies-Edith Bradley. (don't forget to stop the music player in the top right of this page before you start the video)
The method Edith uses to make her fried pies is like mine-except I don't use dried apples. I usually cook down some fresh apples or open a jar of my applesauce for the filling.
Most older ladies in my part of Appalachia make their fried pies exactly like Edith-except for Granny. Check back in a few days or so to see how Granny makes hers.
If you make fried pies-I hope you'll leave a comment and tell me how you make yours. Also-have you ever eaten a fried pie filled with chocolate?