Similar to fried fruit turnovers, spicy half-moon pies made with fresh or dried fruits are a favorite dessert at diners and family restaurants -- and in rural homes all over the South. Cooks pride themselves on attaining distinctive flavors with just the right combination of spices. The pies are equally good prepared with simmered apricots, pears, or peaches, and by all means experiment with various ground spices. Make sure that the edges of these half-moons are tightly secured before they are fried.