Homemade apple pie filling is super easy to make and makes for the perfect apple pie desserts! Make this easy stove top apple pie filling recipe ahead of time to freeze, can or use right away when making apple pie. If you love a bakery apple pie filling then you are going to love this thick, flavorful and loaded with apples homemade pie filling.
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 than any canned apple pie filling you get in the store. This is seriously the best homemade apple pie filling to make.
I make apple pie filling every apple season because I am not a fan of canned or store bought apple pie filling. I don’t like the flavor and I find the apples are always mushy. I make large bathes of apple pie filling and then keep it in the freezer to use all year long. In our house apples and apple pie are an all year thing. Making apple pie filling and keeping it in the freezer means it takes me less time to make a pie when the mood strikes to make one.
The first time I made this easy apple pie filling I was sold on making apple pie filling at home instead of buying it at the store. It seriously has the best apple flavor and I am so glad a friend of mine share this recipe with me so many years ago. This easy apple pie filling recipe is easy to make and then you can store it in the fridge, freeze it or make an apple pie with it right away.
If you love getting a freshly made pie from the bakery then you are going to love this stove top apple pie filling when you are making an easy homemade apple pie! This is the same style filling you will get at most bakeries, which is the best type of pie filling in my opinion however you are going to love it even more when you make your own apple pie filling. Nothing beats homemade Stove Top Apple Pie Filling and I am sure you are going to love this homemade version that is so much better than the canned stuff.
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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.
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 vanilla 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 9-inch pie crusts (you can use a 10 inch pie crust, it just won’t be as full) so you can put on on the bottom of the pie pan and then on top after you have put the pie filling in.
How to bake an apple pie with premade filling
If you are using this pie filling to make a pie with a homemade crust, I find it best to I bake the pie crust at 375 degrees with pie beans in it for 15 minutes, then remove the beans, pierce the bottom of the pie crust with a fork and then bake for another 15 minutes.
Remove the pie crust from the oven, allow to cool a bit before adding the pie filling. Top the filling with another piece of crust and cut slits in the tp and then bake at 375°F for 150-20 minutes, until the top pie crust is baked fully.
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 many pies can I make with this cinnamon apple pie filling?
This pie filling recipe will make enough for one apple pie. You will also want to make a pie crust that has a top crust and a bottom pie crust to use with this apple pie filling.
Can I freeze Apple pie filling?
Yes, you can! 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 freezes well.
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. Homemade apple 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 apples.
Tips for making apple pie filling
Sliced apples or chunks of apples. You can slice the apples or cut them into chunks depending on how you prefer when you are making this easy recipe.
Use a variety of apples. If you want to you can use a few different kinds of apples to give your pie different flavors. You can use your favorite apples and use all of the same kind of apples, or you can use different varieties in the same pie.
Add more spices. If you love cinnamon, feel free to add a bit more., love nutmeg add a bit more. It is easy to get the balance of spies that you want.
Wash, dry and peel the apples before getting started. II find that it makes things much easier if I peel the apples and have them ready to go before I do anything else. You can use a hand apple peeler or an electric one.
Homemade Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
- apples, peeled and sliced
- lemon juice
- white sugar
Homemade Apple Pie Filling Directions
Wash, peel and slice or chop the apples.
In a large bowl add the apples and the lemon juice and toss apples with the lemon juice and then set aside.
In a large saucepan, over medium heat add the cornstarch and the water. Using a whisk mix together until they are well combined.
Once the cornstarch and water are combined, add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the pan and mix well.
Add the apples into the sauce pan and stir to coat them in the spices mixture.
Turn the heat to medium low and cook until tender, normally takes about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid the apple pie mixture from sticking to the pot. You may need to cook a little longer depending on your stove.
Remove the pie filling from the stove once the apples are tender and allow the apple pie mixture to cool before placing in a pie crust or putting in a jar.
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Homemade Apple Pie Filling
- Wash, peel and slice or chop the apples.
- In a large bowl add the apples and the lemon juice and toss apples with the lemon juice and then set aside.
- In a large saucepan, over medium heat add the cornstarch and the water. Using a whisk mix together until they are well combined.
- Once the cornstarch and water are combined, add the sugar, cinnamon and the nutmeg to the pan and mix well.
- Add the apples into the sauce pan and stir to coat them in the spices mixture.
- Turn the heat to medium low and cook until tender, normally takes about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid the apple pie mixture from sticking to the pot. You may need to cook a little longer depending on your stove.
- Remove the pie filling from the stove once the apples are tender and allow the apple pie mixture to cool before placing in a pie crust or putting in a jar.