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How to Make Easy Apple Pie Filling

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When autumn comes around, I really start to crave some homemade apple pie. The thing is, I never seem to have the time to make it. I thought it would be a good idea if I wrote a blog post on how to make homemade apple pie filling and posted it here so that people looking for that information can find it easily.

Apple Pie Filling

A homemade apple pie filling is made from sliced Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, spices, and butter, all simmered together until thickened. This homemade pie filling also works for a variety of other desserts or pastries.

The following things are true about apple pie filling from scratch: it tastes better than canned; it can be used for everything from classic pies to danishes and canning it yourself is easy if you follow this recipe.

Fall is here and there are an abundance of apples at the store, which means it’s time to make homemade apple pie filling. This apple pie filling is the perfect match for this homemade pie crust.


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HOW DO YOU MAKE APPLE PIE FILLING?

This recipe is a mix of sliced apples, brown sugar, butter, and spices that is cooked with some cornstarch on the stove to thicken everything up. It takes just minutes to put together and can be stored in the fridge or freezer for to use later. Or you it can be canned and given as a gift.

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WHAT KIND OF APPLES ARE BEST FOR APPLE PIE?

What sort of apples do you use in your apple pie filling? I prefer to use Granny Smith apples because they stay firm after being cooked and have a tart flavor that works well with the sweetness of brown sugar. Other apple varieties can also be use, I just prefer Granny Smith myself.

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TIPS FOR APPLE PIE FILLING

  • You have complete control over how an apple is sliced, but keep in mind that you need to slice all the apples identically so that they will all cook evenly.
  • Freshly grated nutmeg tastes so much better than pre-ground nutmeg. Buy whole nutmegs and store them in a cool dry location where they’ll keep for years. When you need fresh nutmeg, just grate it from the whole.
  • I use butter in this pie filling because it’s less expensive than margarine. By using the same amount of butter, I can make a richer-tasting pie filling than if I used margarine.
  • Homemade apple pie filling can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

The flavor of the pie filling that is homemade is better. If you choose to cheat and use a pre-made pie crust, your pie will still be amazing.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups apples peeled and thinly sliced, I used Granny Smith
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground if possible
  • 1 tablespoon butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
  2. Place the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pan. 
  3. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  5. Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples have softened, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the butter to the pan and stir until it has melted.
  7. Cool the apple filling for 10 minutes, then transfer it to containers and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use it.

How to Make Easy Apple Pie Filling

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Recipe by Don Carroll Course: American, Dessert, Favorite, RecipeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

155

kcal
Total time

20

minutes


This homemade apple pie filling is made with sliced Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, spices, and butter, all simmered together until thickened. This is the best pie filling that also works great for a variety of other desserts and pastries.

Ingredients

  • 4 c Apples peeled and thinly sliced, I used Granny Smith

  • 2 tsp Lemon juice

  • 3 c Water

  • 1/2 c Brown sugar packed

  • 1/2 c Granulated sugar

  • 1/3 c Cornstarch

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg freshly ground if possible

  • 1 tbsp Butter

Directions

  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
  • Place the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pan.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  • Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples have softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the butter to the pan and stir until it has melted.
  • Cool the apple filling for 10 minutes, then transfer it to containers and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use it.

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Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size1 slice


  • Amount Per ServingCalories155
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 1.5g 3%
    • Saturated Fat .9g 5%
  • Cholesterol 4mg 2%
  • Sodium 16mg 1%
  • Potassium 16mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37.4g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.6g 11%
    • Sugars 29.8g
  • Protein .1g 1%

  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 2%
  • Vitamin D 5%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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