Homemade Apple Pie Filling

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  • Homemade apple pie filling – Perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more. This delicious apple pie filling is one of my holiday staples!

    This pie filling is so versatile and can be used in so many recipes! Try adding to easy brown bag apple pie, apple pie cheesecake or caramel apple pie bars.

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    Apple pie filling

    There’s nothing I love more than a warm slice of apple pie this time of year. Especially when it’s made with homemade apple pie filling. It tastes 100x better than the store bought canned pie filling in my opinion. I have to admit, I do use the canned stuff occasionally because sometimes convenience is needed. But if you have a little extra time, I promise the homemade apple pie filling is worth the extra effort to make!

    Homemade apple pie filling -perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more.

    Favorite apples to use when making pie filling

    What kind of apples to use for apple pie filling? I used a variation of apples we picked at the orchard, but here are my favorites to use when baking:

    • Granny Smith
    • Honeycrisp
    • Jonathans
    • Melrose

    I’m usually too lazy to peel off the apple skins (ha) when making pie filling, but feel free to peel them if you’d like before cooking them. I also like to dice my apples pretty small, but feel free to cut them into bigger chunks or slices.

    Homemade apple pie filling -perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more.

    How to make apple pie filling

    This homemade apple pie filling is so delicious and comes together pretty quickly! Just follow the simple steps below to get started. Scroll down for the printable apple pie filling recipe.

    • Cut the apples and then drizzle with fresh lemon juice
    • Stir together the sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in the water until everything has dissolved.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 2 minutes.
    • Add the apples and increase the heat to medium-high heat to bring the mixture to a full boil again.
    • Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes.
    • Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator to thicken
    • Store pie filling in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 12 months

    Homemade apple pie filling -perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more.

    Best ways to use homemade apple pie filling

    Pies: This recipe makes the perfect pie filling! Some of my favorite pies to make are my easy brown bag apple pie and apple cheesecake pie.

    Crisps: Craving pie but don’t want to do all the work? Try making an easy apple crisp instead.

    Cupcakes: This apple pie filling is perfect to fill cupcakes with. Try making this delicious apple pie cupcakes recipe.

    Bars: My family loves to snack on apple pie bars made with this pie filling. Sometimes I’ll make a caramel version too.

    Bread: If you’ve never had apple pull apart bread, you are missing out! It is SO delicious. I make apple pull apart bread with caramel icing pretty frequently in the fall.

    Homemade apple pie filling recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: apple pie filling, Homemade apple pie filling
    Prep Time: 25 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes
    Servings: 16 (4 cups)
    Calories: 58kcal
    Author: Jamielyn
    Homemade apple pie filling - Perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more. This delicious apple pie filling is one of my holiday staples! 

    Ingredients

    • 5 1/2 to 6 cups diced apples (any variety, peeled if desired)
    • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups water

    Instructions

    • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples and toss to coat. Set the apples aside.
    • Stir together the sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in the water until everything has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the apples and increase the heat to medium-high heat to bring the mixture to a full boil again. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes.
    • Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate the filling in an airtight container for at least one hour, preferably overnight.
    • Store pie filling in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 12 months

    Nutrition

    Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 0.9% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 0.3%
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    Slightly adapted from Cheesecake Love Cookbook

    If you have extra time, definitely try making this homemade apple pie filling for your next fall dessert! Then make this amazing apple pie cheesecake that is seriously to die for. YUM!

    Homemade apple pie filling -perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more.

    ENJOY!

    homemade apple pie filling
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