Make this simple Apple Pie Filling from scratch with just a few ingredients, on the stovetop. This recipe is quick and easy and makes the best homemade pie filling!
Why This Recipe Works
In the effort to eliminate any premade, canned products in my kitchen, I switched to homemade pie fillings. I am very happy with the results! This Apple Pie Filling made from scratch with just a few ingredients and pretty much any apples (especially the ones that have bruises or imperfections) is my favorite. Cut them into slices or chunks and simmer in a sugar mixture. It's done in no time!
This filling is not just for a pie. You can use it for so many desserts. Check out my list below.
- apples: I used gala, but pretty much any kind works
- sugar: brown and granulated
- cornstarch: to thicken the mixture; flour can be used but it will make for a cloudier filling
- spice mix: cinnamon and cloves (add ground ginger if desired)
- lemon juice: to prevent cut apples from browning while you prepare the ingredients
How to make Apple Pie Filling?
- Start by peeling and coring apples. Chop into ½" pieces. You can also slice them thin. After each apple is chopped, drizzle the pieces with lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water.
- Melt butter in a deep pot. Add sugars, spices, water, and cornstarch mix. Whisk well.
- Add apples and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Lower the heat and simmer until the apples are softer and the mixture thickens.
- Cool completely.
How to use it?
This recipe makes enough apple pie filling for one 9" pie.
If you are looking for ideas outside of a pie, you can use the pie filling to make the following:
- make an Apple Dump Cake
- use it as a topping on Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- It's also a delicious ice cream topping
- use in making hand pies
- in a pastry (think strudel)
- use in a galette
- use as a topping on oatmeal
- use with waffles and pancakes.
What apples are best for making a pie filling?
I used Gala because that's what I had on hand and I love their taste. You can use Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, etc.
I recommend storing this filling in a jar with a lid, in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 2 weeks.
Absolutely! To freeze it, cool it completely after cooking. Place in a freezer-safe container or a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw out in a fridge, then use in a recipe.
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Apple Pie Filling
- 4 cups chopped apples see notes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Peel and core apples. Chop into ½″ chunks or ¼" slices. After each apple chopped, place it in a large bowl and drizzle the pieces with lemon juice to prevent browning.4 cups chopped apples, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water.3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water
- Melt butter in a deep pot. I used 3-quart Dutch oven.1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Add sugars, spices, water and cornstarch mix. Whisk well.½ cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Add apples and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir often.
- Lower the heat and simmer until the apples are softer and the mixture thickens. Stir often.
- Cool completely.
- Use 4 medium or 6 small apples.
- This recipe makes enough filling for one 9" pie.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.