Homemade apple pie filling is RICH, full of TENDER APPLES, flavored with WARM spices, and ready in LESS than 30 minutes.
Perfect for so many desserts, skip the canned filling from the store and make it from scratch!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Best Apple Pie Filling
Whether it’s the Fall season or early Spring, I am always in the mood for a fresh baked homemade apple pie.
What about you?
I will admit I am a sucker for a buttery, flaky pie crust, but it’s really the filling that makes me drool.
There are store bought pie crusts and cans of pre-made filling, but homemade really is best!
Even if I feel like using a refrigerated pie crust as a shortcut, I still prefer making the pie filling from scratch.
Trust me on this one, you will thank me for it!
You might think that making apple pie filling from scratch is hard but the only hard part about it is waiting until it cools to eat it!
Read on to check out this easy recipe.
The ingredients for homemade pie filling are few which is why it’s better to make it from scratch! No weird chemicals, saturated fat, or extra sugar.
Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
- apple pie spice
The most important thing about apple pie filling is the apples! So which one do you choose when making it?
Best Apples to Use
- Granny Smith – more tart (and more fiber!)
- Gala – mild & sweet
- Honey Crisp – tart with hints of honey
- Red Delicious – softer & break down easy
- Fuji – sweet & juicy
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How do you make apple pie filling from scratch?
STEP ONE: Peel and thinly slice the apples. Drizzle with lemon juice and toss to coat the apples in a large bowl.
STEP TWO: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes together.
STEP THREE: Increase the heat to medium/medium high and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute or until the mixture thickens. Add the apples and stir to coat them with the sugar mixture.
STEP FOUR: Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples are tender, roughly 10 minutes. Add the butter to the pan and stir until it has melted.
Remove the pan from the heat and cool the apple filling to room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use it.
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How to store apple pie filling?
Use it or store it within a few hours of cooking it.
Place the filling in an air tight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. I like to use mason jars because they don’t take up much room on the shelf.
Can I freeze it?
Sure! You can freeze it for up to 6 months. Be sure to use freezer safe bags or containers. (If using bags, press them flat when freezing for easier storage)
Be sure to cool it completely and leave room in the container for a little expansion.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or place in a saucepan and thaw over low heat. Don’t use the microwave!
If the pie filling is too thin, add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixture (1 tsp cornstarch/1 tsp water), simmer for a few minutes until it thickens back up.
Want to make a big batch or give it as a gift? Can the pie filling for later use!
How to can apple pie filling
- Prep your water bath canner.
- Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water. Keep in simmering water while cooking pie filling.
- Add hot pie filling to jars with a ladle or funnel, leaving around 1 inch space.
- Gently stir or tap to remove air bubbles and clean the rims of the jars.
- Place lid on the jar and screw on rings.
- Process the jars in the canner for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the jars and cool completely. Listen for lids to make the sucking noise when the vacuum forms.
- Check lids after 12 hours to make sure they don’t pop or move. If they do, move to the fridge and eat within a few days.
- If they are sealed, store for up to 1 year.
Pie Filling Tips for no leftovers
Apples: cut the apples into consistent sizes so they cook evenly.
Sugar: use all brown sugar for a more caramel flavor
Spices: substitute cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg for the pie spice.
Cool: give the filling a chance to cool, it will thicken as it does
Uses for Apple Pie Filling
- Pies, of course
- dessert topping
- ice cream
- eating with a spoon, in front of the fridge, after midnight
This delicious recipe for apple pie filling, is easy to make and will have you serving the most amazing homemade apple pies!
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- Cherry Pie Filling
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Best Apple Pie Filling Recipe
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