Get excited! Apple season is upon us! Today, we are cooking up a pot of easy apple pie filling to enjoy as the star flavor in various dishes. That's right, pie filling doesn't only have to be enveloped in a flaky pie crust. We can enjoy spoonfuls of thick apple pie filling as a parfait topping, over pancakes, or simply in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.
Many of us have fond memories of mom's apple pie. It is the scent of cinnamon and warm apples that marks the start of the holiday season. Apple pie is cozy and warming, and I just love the idea of infusing apple pie flavors in various dishes and deserts to enjoy in various forms.
What is apple pie filling?
It is a mix of apples, sugar, spices and a thickener, such as cornstarch. The ingredients are placed in a saucepan and simmered on the stove top. The apple slices become soft and coated with a thick, sweet sauce. It is easy to make with just 15-20 minutes to prep the ingredients and allowed simmering time.
What can it be used for?
There are so many ways to use this filling! Here are some ideas:
- As a topping: Top off some of your already favorite dishes with this pie filling. Use it as a final layer in parfaits and oatmeal as well as over pancakes, French toast and waffles.
- As a filling: Use it as the surprise filling in baked goods such as mini pies, hand pies, crêpes, galettes, pop-tarts, cake or muffins
- On its own: Of course, the filling can also be enjoyed warmed on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Ingredients needed for apple pie filling:
- 5 medium-sized apples: Using a few variations of sweet and tart apples, such as granny smith apples and gala apples, will only add to the flavor profile of the filling. Each time you make this filling, change up the types of apples you use until you find your favorite blend.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a bit of acidity to help balance the filling flavors.
- Spices: ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
- Sugar: granulated white sugar and brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Cornstarch: Used to thicken the sauce.
Prepping & Storing:
- Prepping: This simple apple pie filling recipe can be made ahead of time prior to needing for use. The sugar content helps the flavors remain potent as long as properly stored.
- Storing: The filling can be frozen in a freezer safe container for at least a month. To thaw, move the container into the refrigerator the night before it is needed, or allow it to thaw on the countertop the day it is needed. Store the filling in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy as needed.
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Apple Pie Filling
- 5 medium-size apples peeled, core removed, sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- Pour water and lemon juice into a medium size sauce pan or pot. As the apple slices are being sliced, place them into the pot.5 medium-size apples, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the pot. Create a cornstarch slurry by mixing the corn starch with a couple of teaspoons of cold water. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the pot. Stir all ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well combined.1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ⅛ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup cornstarch
- Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium heat, add the granulated white sugar and brown sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.½ cup granulated white sugar, ½ cup brown sugar
- Add the vanilla extract and simmer for 8-10 minutes.½ teaspoon vanilla
- Pierce an apple slice with a fork to check for tenderness. Once tender, remove the pot from the burner and allow cooling for 5 minutes. The filling will thicken as it cools.
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