Homemade apple pie filling is super easy to make and makes for the perfect apple pie desserts! Make this homemade apple pie filling ahead of time to freeze, can or use right away when making apple pie.
Homemade Apple Pie Filling
Homemade apple pie filling is one of the easiest recipes ever to make. Made with fresh apples, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and a few other ingredients this pie filling is so much better then any canned apple pie filling you get in the store.
I like to make large batches of apple pie filling and keep it in the freezer to easily use all year long when the kids and I go apple picking each fall. It is so easy to make and this homemade pie filling freezers well.
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Why do you Make Pie Filling separate from the pie?
When I make homemade apple pie there are two ways I do it, baking the pie filling when I bake the crust like this homemade apple pie recipe. Or making the pie filling separately and then pour the cooked pie filling into a pie crust to bake like this Lattice apple pie recipe.
Both of them are seriously amazing apple pies and it depends on my mood what type of filling I am in the mood for but recently I have been loving this thick apple pie filling.
When you bake an apple pie with the filling being cooked at the same time it is a thinner more liquidy pie filling. This homemade pie filling recipe gives you a thick, rich apple pie filling that is perfect for just pouring into the pie crust.
If you love getting a fresh made pie from the bakery then you are going to love this filling! This is the same style filling you will get at most bakeries, which is the best type of pie filling in my opinion.
How to use homemade apple pie filling
If you are making homemade pie crust this is the perfect apple pie homemade filling to use.
I also like to use this homemade pie filling with fresh apples when I make mini apple pies if I have it in the freezer already. I also use it when I am making Homemade Apple pie and Lattice apple pie. I sometimes use this homemade pie filling when I am making apple pie cinnamon rolls.
Aside from the traditional uses for apple pie filling, you can use this as a topping for ice cream, or as a cake filling. My kids also like to put a scoop of apple pie filling on top of their oatmeal and their Belgian waffles.
Best Pie Crust to use with homemade pie filling
When I am making a homemade pie I either use my best homemade pie crust recipe or my food processor pie crust recipe. If you are running short on time and want to use a refrigerated pie crust you can. You will just need 2 pie crusts so you can put on on the bottom of the pie pan and then on on top after you have put the pie filling in.
If you are making homemade pie then you will also want to make sure that you are using a pie egg wash on top to get the perfect brown pie crust.
How to Freeze Homemade Apple Pie Filling
After making the filling let it cool completely. Pour the filling into a plastic zip top freezer bag. Lay the bag flat in the freezer. Pie filling will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Best Apples to use for pie filling
You can use just about any fresh apple for this filling however we prefer to use pink lady, golden delicious, honey crisp, and Granny Smith.
Homemade Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
- apples, peeled and sliced
- lemon juice
- white sugar
Homemade Apple Pie Filling Directions
Wash and dice the apples.
Toss the apples with the lemon juice, set aside.
In a large sauce pan whisk together the water and cornstarch until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add your apples to the pan and cook over medium low heat until they are tender, about 15 minutes.
Allow mixture to cool before placing in a pie crust or putting in a jar.
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Homemade apple pie filling
- Wash and dice the apples.
- Toss the apples with the lemon juice, set aside.
- In a large sauce pan whisk together the water and cornstarch until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add your apples to the pan and cook over medium low heat until they are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Allow mixture to cool before placing in a pie crust or putting in a jar.