Learn how to make quick and easy homemade apple pie filling from scratch on the stove. Made with simple ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes.
About a year ago, I learnt how to make homemade apple pie filling from scratch.
I was surprised by how QUICK and EASY it was to make in only 30 minutes.
Plus, I was blown away by how FRESH and flavorful it was.
I like to shamelessly eat it by the spoonfuls…lol!
This is my Grandma’s apple pie filling recipe, using SIMPLE ingredients and a few spices, making it perfect for Fall/Autumn when you go apple picking 😉
It also freezes very well, meaning you can store any LEFTOVERS in the freezer and enjoy it whenever the cravings hit!
So, once you make this filling, you might start wondering: What to do with apple pie filling?
Honestly, it can be enjoyed in SO MANY other desserts than just pies!
You can use homemade apple pie filling for:
- Cake filling
- Cupcake filling
- Cobblers and apple crisp
- Dump cakes
- Ice cream topping
I have also answered some questions that you might be thinking right now…heheh
Can you freeze homemade apple pie filling? How to freeze apple pie filling?
Yes, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Once your filling has cooled down completely, pour the mixture into freezer Ziploc bags and freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use it, just place the freezer bag on your countertop and let it come down to room temperature naturally OR you can leave the bag in the fridge overnight.
How to make apple pie filling? How to make apple pie filling on the stove?
Apple pie filling it really easy to make at home on the stove. First, toss the apples and lemon together and keep it aside while you heat up a mixture of water, cornstarch, sugar and spices. Then, you add those apples and cook for about 15 minutes.
How to thicken apple pie filling? How to make apple filling thick?
I like to use cornstarch to thicken the filling but people have their own preferences. I have seen recipes with tapioca, flour, gelatin, instant ClearJel and even pie filling enhancer. Cornstarch is just easily available at our homes and at stores too.
How to sweeten apple pie filling?
You can sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. I haven’t tried all of those sweeteners. I tried honey and liked it but I am more fond of using a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
What apples to use for apple pie filling?
I like to use Granny Smith apples since their texture and flavor is great in desserts but you can use whatever type of apples you like.
- 5 cups apples (cored, peeled and roughly sliced)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a deep bowl, mix together the apples and lemon juice and keep aside. This prevents them from turning brown.
- In a saucepan, add water, cornstarch, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Place on medium heat and bring to a boil, while constantly mixing (or else you will end up with lumps).
- Add the apples and bring to a boil again.
- Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Your apples should be soft but not "mushy."
- Turn off the heat and allow the filling to cool down completely. It will thicken as it cools down.
- Pour this mixture into jars with sealed tops and refrigerate for up 1 week.
- If you are freezing this filling, pour it into freezer bags and seal it properly and freeze up to 3 months.
- And you are done!
Well, that’s all for today.
If you liked this post, you may like some of these other apple recipes too…
Until next time, tata my lovelies!