An easy peach pie filling made from scratch knows no bounds! It comes together in minutes with just 5 ingredients and can be used for cakes, pies, tarts, and even on its own with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Table of Contents
- Favorite Summer Dessert
- Easy Peach Pie Filling Ingredients
- How to Make Fresh Peach Pie Filling
- Homemade vs Store-Bought
- How to Quickly Ripen Peaches for Pie Filling
- Tips + Variations
- Ways to Use Peach Pie Filling
- Recipe FAQs
- 5 star review
- Storing & Freezing
- More Fresh Fruit Recipes
- Peach Pie Filling Printable Recipe
Favorite Summer Dessert
If you’re like me and will find any and every reason to enjoy the spectacular peach, then you’re going to love making this homemade peach pie filling recipe. And not just for a delicious peach pie! It’s definitely the best way to complement a homemade easy pie crust, but you can also use it for more than that. It’s fresh, it’s sweet, and it comes together so easily with just a handful of ingredients.
Making a peach crumble pie with a crumble topping using fresh peach pie filling is one of my favorite summer desserts. I do, however, also enjoy making a lot of filling at once and using it for recipes like the topping on a no-bake cheesecake or when I make my peach cobbler or peach dump cake. My kids also love eating whole bowls of it topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Easy Peach Pie Filling Ingredients
Peach pie filling is an easy filling and makes for a great pie or filling when you need it at a later time. Simply cut and slice all the peaches and mix them with the pantry staple ingredients. Once mixed together, store or create the best homemade peach pie!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Peaches: Slice and peel the peaches ahead of time. You can either slice them long ways or cut them into one-inch pieces.
- Sugars: White and brown sugars are blended together to sweeten the peaches as well as the mixture combination.
- Corn starch: You can also use all-purpose flour instead of cornstarch depending on what you prefer and what you have in your pantry. Both will help thicken the sauce and give the peaches a nice texture.
- Ground cinnamon: Sprinkle some cinnamon in for a savory flavoring.
How to Make Fresh Peach Pie Filling
Making a peach pie is quick and simple with a few steps in making the peach pie filling. This filling is easy to make and can be used for pie or other dessert options.
- Mix together. Combine peaches in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Then combine with the peaches and stir together.
- Making a pie. Spoon filling into a prepared 9-inch pie crust or place it in a covered container to store for later. It will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Crust. If making a peach pie recipe, you will need two pie crusts. One for the bottom crust and one to make a lattice top.
Homemade vs Store-Bought
There’s no law against using a canned filling. In fact, in a pinch, it has been known to come through on many occasions. It’s relatively inexpensive, it’s fast and it’s easy.
The differences, though, are enough to know that the taste and quality of a homemade filling are far superior. There’s no way around it, there is nothing like it. You can taste the flavor of the peaches, you can control what goes into it, and avoid preservatives, and added sugars like corn syrup. Plus you can make a lot at a time which is budget-friendly and super convenient.
If you can get your hands on beautifully ripe, juicy peaches or even frozen peaches, use them!
How to Quickly Ripen Peaches for Pie Filling
If your peaches are not quite ripe enough and are very hard to the touch, you can place them in a paper bag along with an apple (like you would bananas or avocados) and place them on the counter for a couple of days, checking on them occasionally. You want the peaches to have some give when pressed on them, and you want them to smell fragrant and sweet.
Keep in mind, when the peaches are cooked down, in a pie, for example, their natural sugars will be released, making them softer and sweeter. It’s always recommended you start with nice ripe peaches nonetheless.
Tips + Variations
Make this peach pie filling even better with these tips and variations to help along the way. It is simple to make and these substitutions and helpful tips can make it even easier. Try these tips to learn how to make the best peach pie filling!
- Peel your peaches first. Depending on what you’re using the peaches for, you don’t always need to peel them because they are edible and give them a rustic appearance. In this pie filling, it is much more pleasing to eat when they are peeled.
- Use fresh or slightly thawed, frozen peaches. You can also use canned, just making sure to drain it of all of the excess liquids and juices.
- Cooked down version. To make a cooked-down version of the pie filling, bring all ingredients except the peaches to a boil. Remove from heat and then add the peaches to coat and combine.
- Extra flavoring. Add a little bit of lemon juice, ground nutmeg, or vanilla for added flavor.
- Add nuts. Toss in some of your favorite nuts for added crunch.
Ways to Use Peach Pie Filling
There are so many ways to put your peach pie filling to good use. Listed below are just a few! Here are some ideas to get you started.
- To make a homemade peach pie.
- As a topping for a no-bake cheesecake.
- Use as a filling for crepes during breakfast!
- Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a simple dessert.
- To make a peach cobbler with a crumble topping.
- Chill beforehand and place over a fruit pizza or fruit tart for extra flavor.
- Make a peach version of this easy dump cake.
Peach pie filling is made of sugars, cornstarch, and peaches with a cinnamon flavor. Together this combination is a sweet and savory dessert!
Yes and no! You do not need to peel the fresh peaches but you can. It is what is preferred by you which you like better. Most bakers prefer to remove the skins of the peaches before layering them to the pie dough.
Both of these ingredients thicken the peach pie perfectly. Cornstarch gives the filling a shiny, glossy appearance whereas flour has a matte color.
Most of the time, if your peach pie is too watery it means the pie needs to be baked a little longer.
5 star review
“I love this filling! It is so much better than what I’ve been using and I even get compliments on how my pies are better now. Haha! Thank you!”-Jessica
Storing & Freezing
What’s great about knowing how to make peach pie filling from scratch is that you can make as much as you want at a time, freeze some, and enjoy fresh filling all year round!
- To store: Once all the pie filling ingredients are combined, the mixture can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-5 days.
- To freeze: This pie filling can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Allow thawing in the fridge before using it.
Still, have peaches you want to use up?! Try this peach smoothie or this warm baked peach.
More Fresh Fruit Recipes
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Peach Pie Filling
- 5 cups sliced peaches , 7 peaches peeled
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar , packed
- ⅓ cup corn starch , can substitute for flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine peaches in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the the sugar, brown sugar, corn starch and cinnamon. Then combine with the peaches and stir together.
- Spoon filling into a prepared 9-inch pie crust or place in a covered container to store for later. It will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
To bake peach pie:
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place crust or crumb topping on top of the peaches and then bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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This looks delicious, especially with fresh peaches this coming summer! A peach cobbler with some ice cream using this filling sounds devine!
Peach pie is a go-to around this house so I’m so in love with this recipe! Would it work for peach cobbler as well?
Yes! This is a great recipe for peach cobbler: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/peach-cobbler/
This peach filling is to die for!! It tastes so good!! My family loves any peach dessert!
I love this filling! It is so much better than what I’ve been using and I even get compliments on how my pies are better now. Haha! Thank you!
So glad to hear! Thanks for your review :)