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posted: 09/04/21

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Apple Pie Filling is the perfect recipe for the apples you got from apple picking! This makes great apple pies, but can be used in dozens of recipes.

apple pie filling being spooned out of a large mason jar

Every fall our family goes apple picking, so we have a wealth of apple recipes here on Simple Joy. Lately, we have been getting requests an easy Apple Pie Filling. This recipes perfect and can be made in no time at all.

This recipe comes together with just six ingredients. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and spice. With all of our tips on what apples to use and how to turn it into pie, you are going to fall in love.

How to Make Apple Pie Filling

  1. Combine ingredients for the sauce over heat. Add apple juice, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan over low to medium heat. Stirring consistently, allow the mixture to cook and thicken for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add in the apples. Stir in the apple slices and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until the apples soften. Remove it from the heat.
  3. Use or store. This recipe can be used right away, or you can keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Please see below about canning and freezing.

Best Apples for Apple Pie

My strong feeling on this is that you should use the apples you love most. That being said, I think a mixture of sweet and tart apples is what works best. My first pick is always half Gala Apples and half Granny Smith.

Other great options are:

  • Johnathan
  • Honey Crisp
  • Cortland
  • McIntosh
overhead of an apple pie made with homemade apple pie filling

How to Make Into an Apple Pie

This recipe is the perfect recipe to use with my Fool Proof Pie Crust.

  1. Double my pie crust recipe.
  2. Roll out the dough, and put in a deep dish pie pan.
  3. Add the apple pie filling. 
  4. Cover with the second pie crust, cutting a few slits for venting. (Or make a lattice top.)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Lower the temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 25 minutes, covering the top of the crust to prevent burning if necessary.
close up picture of a slice of apple pie made form easy apple pie filling topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Freezing Apple Pie Filling

This recipe can be frozen. Be sure to leave at least an inch for expansion. This recipe will keep in the freezer for three months.

FAQ

Can this recipe be canned?

This recipe has not been tested for canning. As written it isn’t safe for canning. You would need to add lemon juice and switch the cornstarch for Clearjel. This is our favorite resource on canning.

How long does this apple pie filling recipe last in the refrigerator?

It lasts for 3 to 4 days.

How long does apple pie filling keep in the freezer?

This recipe will keep in the freezer for three months.

How do you thicken apple pie filling without cornstarch?

Many people have had great luck with Clearjel, which is what you should use in canning pie fillings.

mason jar of apple pie filling

Apple Pie Filling Recipes That Aren’t Pie

There are so many great things you can do with this recipe! Here are just a few:

If you make this apple pie filling recipe or any of our other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

apple pie filling being spooned out of a large mason jar
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Apple Pie Filling

Serves: 4 cups
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Apple Pie Filling is the perfect recipe to make in the fall with all the apples you got from apple picking! This makes great apple pies, but can be used in dozens of recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 medium apples 6 cups slices

Instructions

  • In a large sauce pan over low to medium heat, combine the apple juice, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir consistently, allowing the mixture to thicken, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the apples. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the apples soften. Remove from the heat.
  • Use right away in pie crust (see our instructions in the post) or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
apple pie filling being spooned out of a large mason jar

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  1. Tara says

    I don’t know were mine went wrong. I followed it exactly and it would not thicken at all. Any reason why that maybe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m not sure. The thickening agent is the cornstarch. Did you use the correct amount of cornstarch?

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