Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling – this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!

Homemade Apple Pie Filling - this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!

Every week I have a list of things I’m going to bake or cook. At the beginning of the week, usually on Mondays, I make a list of what I have to bake/photograph/video for the week, do an inventory of my pantry, and make a shopping list. Then, as is also normal, by Wednesday when I’m actually doing the recipes, I change my mind 10 times or add a few new recipes to the mix. Last week was no exception to my rule: I decided I needed apple pie filling for a recipe (coming Sunday!)

I never buy apple pie filling unless it’s for a recipe, because in all honesty, I don’t really like canned pie filling very much. Sure, I use it, because it’s easy and makes things like dump cake or slab pie even easier than normal, and you all love easy recipes. So of course, on a random Wednesday when I decide to make an apple recipe using pie filling, I don’t have any in my pantry. And because, by Wednesdays, I’ve been to the store usually 3 times already, I don’t want to go again.

But then I realized something: I can make my own apple pie filling. It will taste better, be fresher, and I can use it in so many recipes (like the best apple strudel recipe or crockpot apple dump).

I don’t know why it’s taken me 7 years to make my own pie filling, but I’m glad I finally came around to the other side of things. Homemade apple pie filling is better tasting and better for you, I’m sure. Plus, it’s good in so many recipes!

Homemade Apple Pie Filling is an easy apple recipe that tastes better than from a can!

Remember back in the day when we’d eat TV dinners? My dessert half the time was cinnamon apples. I never liked them much, but it dawned on me that homemade apple pie filling is really just the same thing as those cinnamon apples. (Also: those TV dinner makers were so cheap, they were giving us apple pie filling but didn’t want to spend a few extra pennies for a crust?)

This easy recipe is a cooked apple pie filling, made on the stovetop, and is perfect to use immediately, eat over the week, or freeze for later. Normally we make crockpot applesauce after we go apple picking, but this year we’re also going to make more apple pie filling too!

Homemade Apple Pie Filling is an easy recipe that is better than canned and goes so well in so many fall recipes.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Tips for perfect apple pie filling:

  1. I like to slice my apples in chunks. I don’t know about you, but the canned filling you get at the store has apples that are too big to eat! Chop them how you like to eat them.
  2. The good thing about making this homemade is that you can add or reduce spices as you like. Love cinnamon? Add a touch more, or reduce it if you prefer it plainer.
  3. You can also use your favorite kind of apples. I used a combination of Granny Smith and Fuji because it was what I had in my fridge.
  4. I know some people prefer making apple pie filling without cornstarch, but find it’s the easiest way to make it and you probably have everything already on hand.
  5. Them mixture thickens as it cools so even though it looks loose after it’s done, it’ll thicken up quite a bit.
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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling – this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice.
  2. Place water, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine then bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Once the mixture boils, boil it for two minutes. Add the apples, turn to a simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring often, until the apples soften, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Pour into jars to cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate. The mixture will thicken more as it cools.

Notes:

Store in an airtight freezable container for up to one month, or in the refrigerator for no more than 5 days.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 cups, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 133
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 28g
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If you’re looking for other things to make with Homemade Apple Pie filling be sure to check out more of my recipes below, plus Apple Pie Dumplings, Deep Fried Apple Pie Bars, and Apple Pie Poke Cake from my fellow bloggers!

Easy Apple Strudel

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

Pumpkin Apple No Bake Dessert

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  1. Oh YUM. Love this, Dorothy! In a jar like that what a great hostess gift, too. I just want to eat it by the spoonful!

  2. This sounds good to me. Why cant you just can it? As long as your jars and lids/rings are hot then you should be able to can this. We have a short cut technique that works rather well. No putting in fridge or freezer. I actually cooked apples one year and jarred them and they were still good the next year. Have you given that a go? If not and if you want the instructions then please just let me know. I would be happy to share that with everyone. But i am so going to give this a go. But when I did my apples i didnt think to add corn starch to thicken the liquid so it was runny. I have also done pears, and tons of other stuff too. Thankfully my husband doesnt mind getting the hot part of the job. haha tough hands.

  3. I found that i had already saved this recipe and someone has already asked the freezing questoin back in 2013 and come to find out canning with the corn starch is not a good idea. So please disregard my question above. duh my bad. But i am still going to make this as it sounds so yummy and simple. Thanks for cranking out the yummy recipes which by the way I have tried plenty of. 🙂

  4. It has never dawned on me to make my own pie filling since I hardly ever make pies lol.

    But seriously this does look so much better than the store bought kind (and yes the apple pieces in there are way too big! I think they’re trying to prove to us they use real apples or something)!

  5. Yum! I love apple pie but never make it. This just might be the thing that gets me to make one. Love the spatula too 🙂

  6. Yum! I would eat this right from the jar.

  7. This is genius! I’m not a fan of the store bought variety! You can use this in so many ways!

    Also PS all the savemart checkout people know me very well. haha. I’m there like every day because I’m the worst at planning.

  8. Thank you for this! I have not bought canned pie filling in ages since the last time I bought it and it was 3/4 gel. I can’t wait to make this and I am going to make that apple strudel recipe with it!

  9. Hi Dorothy. Sure i would be happy to pass the technique on. We have been doing this for lots of years with thankfully not much fail on it. First cook whatever you are doing and get it good and hot. Be it speghetti sauce, pinto beans (yes with ham hock pieces), soup, jelly, blueberry sauce, pears, apples, beans ( which i hate canned as they turn mushy) whatever. Yes i cook in crock pot or stock pot. Dont burn whatever you are making of course. Just make sure it has cooled long enough to be hot enough. Buy BALL JARS AND LID/RINGS! Trust me on that. The generic ones dont work as well. Wash your jars in dish washer preferably to sterilize before hand. Your jars go in the OVEN for at least 20 minutes or so on 200 degrees. At the same time put your lids/rings in water in a pot and bring it to a boil and let them boil maybe 15 minutes. Ready to can. You have to move fast now and have hot pads at hand and a canning funnel and rubber spatula and long tongs for getting the jar out of oven/ taking the rings out of boiling water. Make sure to have hot pads on the counter to put you hot jars on. Take one jar at a time out of oven, pour your food into the jar thru funnel until you reach the almost to the top of jar but not the mouth of jar as you need that room for it to seal. Take one lid/ring out of hot water with tongs and put it on the top and quickly screw in on and tighten it firmly. Set aside and keep going till all food is jarred. As you work you will hear loud popping sounds. That means your jar just sealed by the way. You will get one pop sound per jar. You can look at the lid and see that it is dimpled down and even. That is the seal. If you dont hear a pop and if you see that the middle part is still up the jar did not seal. Put it in the fridge to eat up soon after it has cooled. The rest of them after cooled you can label them (a label maker works great by the way) with what is in the jar and dont forgot to put the date on it. Generally you want to make sure you have liquid in there too and not just dry food. Yes I watched my Mother and Grandmother do the old fashion ways but fast and dirty and hot works too. Simple. But you need to make sure you can handle getting your hands BLASTED HOT as it is going to happen. Thus the work dang fast comes in hand. Oh dont drop the jar on the floor. Use the tongs to get out of the oven. We put a pan under us for making a mess as it happens. It catches all the dripping and you can put your tools on it too. My husband does the handling of jars and i put the food in the jar. My hands cant handle the heat as his can. If they all dont seal then i recommend dumping the jars out and freezing instead as it may take some practice on getting this down pat! haha. Just kidding. Give it a go. If for some reason down the line if you smell something rank coming from your pantry the first thing to look for you may have an unsealed jar that has gone bad. It has happened maybe two or three times in all the years we have been canning. It happens. Dont ask me how something can become unsealed over time as i have no clue. Good luck. I hope this helps someone. If any one has questions please just let me know. I know that some foods have to be done the old fashioned way but i dont know those ways.

  10. I have always made my own apple pie filling, because I was taught as a child by my mom, a master at pie-baking. I like the idea of freezing or canning for future use, though – I would bake more often for my pie-loving husband! Thanks to Suzanne, too, for the canning tips.

  11. what kind of apples work best for this filling recipe?

  12. Can you use frozen apples to make this recipe? If so, should the apples be thawed first? Thank you!

  13. This was my first time ever making apple pie filling and out of the multitude of recipes available online I chose this one.

    I am very happy with my choice and the results. This recipe was both easy and delicious. Thank you so much.

    Rating: 5
  14. Yes, yes, yes !!! This was SO much better than anything in a can ever dreamed of being. I always pondered that there had to be a way to make this from scratch but never slowed down long enough to figure it out….thank you so much.

    I made a double batch, half went to the freezer, the other on top of yummy buttermilk Sunday morning pancakes. I see a future home a top waffles, ice cream, oatmeal, stirred in vanilla yogurt and just eaten with a spoon : )

    Rating: 5

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