Do you have plenty apples and want to make pie filling? Try this perfect recipe for easy homemade apple pie filling. You could freeze this apple pie filling and store it up to 3 to 6 months. It’s perfect and wonderful recipe in the fall where apples are so plentiful. It’s the best apple pie filling that is very easy to follow and easy to prepare. No more canned pie filling for you anymore.
You can make 4-6 batches of this pie filling to freeze and have it anytime. This is a 5 star award winning apple pie filling recipe was based on its taste, texture, appearance and how it will make your house smell. The end result was great. You could just eat the filling alone, it is so delicious. A definite recipe to use, pass down to your kids and share with friends.
With this cooked apple pie filling, you can also use it to make tarts, cakes or use as a topping for pancakes, waffles or crepes. Just thaw the homemade apple pie fillings out of the bag or container and simply pour it over them hot.
Regarding the peeling of the apples, it is not an issue. You may peel it or you just not have to. When you want it unpeeled, make sure it is thinly sliced enough. Also, to make the measuring of apples less boring, 1 cup of apple is almost equal to 1 apple.
Homemade apple pie filling recipe
- 18 cups thinly sliced apples
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 cups water
- 4½ cups white sugar
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Pour water into a Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl; add to water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Tip: When cooking, you really need to watch this boiling because it can stick to the bottom. You can add the apples after 2-3 minutes of the sauce boiling but don't leave the apples on the full 6-8 minutes if you wanted the apples a little more firm. With the mixture already really hot, it can help soften them just by mixing them up.
- Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Let the apple filling cool for more than 30 minutes until it’s totally cooled off.
- Pour into 5 freezer containers, leaving ½ inch head space. Cool at room temperature, not longer than 1½ hours.
- Seal the container and freeze in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up 6 to 12 months.
Tips | Suggestions for this homemade apple pie filling
The sugar needs to be adjusted – both for personal tastes and the sweetness of the apples used. Decrease or increase the sugar by a cup or less. As for the spices, you can change a bit to your own liking. If you like extra cinnamon, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of it instead of 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
If you didn’t have enough cornstarch or tapioca or you just want an apple pie filling without cornstarch, you can use 2 cups of flour. Bring the water to boil then add the flour.
You can also use stock pot or slow cooker in cooking this apple pie filling if that is all you had or you just want to. It works well it just needed longer time to cook. For the slow cooker, cook the pie fillings for about 2-3 hours, of course in low level. Your house would probably smell more wonderful when cooking in slow cooker.
BONUS: Try freezing the pie fillings in 1 gallon zip bags (if you have one). Place bags in the size of aluminum pie tin you intend to use, then put them on the refrigerator so they freeze pie shaped. Then when you want to make a pie, simply line the pan with the crust and plop in the “filling puck”, cover with top crust or crumb topping then just simply bake. It saves some steps and work, isn’t?
This is really the only recipe you need if you want to learn how to make the best and delicious homemade apple pie filling. It makes the most delicious apple pies and they are especially great and perfect for holidays. A recipe is a great way to use those sweet apples; however, recipes for this favorite dessert can vary greatly depending upon the apples you use. After all, you can still say it is the best homemade apple pie filling from scratch.
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