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Cook the Book: Coca-Cola Fried Pies

In John T. Edge's Apple Pie: An American Story, one chapter has the author deep in the heartland of fried pies—the South. Edge visits two Tennessee women who excel at the art—Ivon King (in Union City) and Margo Hayes (in Darden). The pies are little pockets of fruit fried up in a cast-iron skillet.

Edge's version of the fried pie is made with Coca-Cola as the dough liquid—a variant he observed at several fried-pie stands during his research. Using Coke in cooking is common in the South, he says, and here it gives the dough just the "slightest bit of sweet."

Coca-Cola Fried Pies

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