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Apple Pie Filling Recipe
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Apple Pie Filling
Whip up a batch when you have a lot of apples and store the filling in the freeze See more

Apple Pie Filling

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"Freezer apple pie filling. With this recipe, you can treat your family with pies year-round."

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Original recipe makes 5 - 9 inch pies Change Servings


  1. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Pour water into a Dutch oven over medium heat. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add to water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Ladle into 5 freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Cool at room temperature no longer than 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Seal and freeze. Can be stored for up to 12 months.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 14, 2003

I love this recipe! I went to an apple orchard and got jonathan apples and scaled back on the water called for to 5 cups and increased my apples to 24 cups as orchard apples tend to be juicier.) I found this out by trial as my first batch came out a little heavy on the sauce and light on apple pieces. By doing this, my apple pie cut into neat pieces (when it cooled) without all that sauce oozing out onto the pan between slices. (Since you have decreased the water, you should also decrease your cornstarch by 1/3) I like this recipe so much that I have made 4 batches of this pie filling to freeze so I have it all winter. This was a 5 star winner on taste, texture, appearance, how it made my house smell, how much my kids loved it, althought they hated peeling all those apples. A definate recipe to use over and over and over...and to pass down to your kids.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 24, 2004

all in all not bad. but definetly cut back on the water . I used 7 cups and was still too much. 5 cups of water is probally enough

Dec 25, 2006

This makes the best apple pie filling ever. I cut the water back to 8 cups and increased the cinnamon and added more nutmeg. I have made pies both from the fresh mixture and frozen mixtures. I always make it with an oatmeal brown sugar crumb topping (different every time, just mix brown sugar, oats, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little flour to help hold it together until it feels right) and have rave reviews.

Oct 28, 2003

I also reduce the water, but by almost 3 cups. I make the recipe as a double batch in a 20 QT pot, so the fresh-from-the-orchard (key point) apples always make a lot of their own juice. I have found that 1 cup of apple equates closely to 1 apple, so it makes measuring them less tedious.

Sep 21, 2007

WONDERFUL!!! We kept original recipe to make apple topping every year (new addition to our cupboard so we were very happy). Our biggest mistake was not beginning the 6-8 minute cooking period immediately after apples were added to sauce (we overcooked). That first attempt began our new tradition of apple topping ! YUMM-O! Next we made the filling as other reviewers (24 cup apple & 5 Cup water), and lowered sugar since we were not using Granny Smith. We began timing apple cooking IMMEDIATELY upon adding apples to sauce and only cooked 6 minutes which left apples firm - Now we have perfection! THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERUL RECIPE!

Nov 04, 2007

OH MY GOSH, this is great!!! I am a professional baker and am always looking for new formulas. I found this to be very easy to follow and easy to prepare. I reduced the nutmag by 1/2 and used 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 granulated. I followed the formula for the amount of apples and it didn't look like enough, so I added 3-4 cups more apples. After the mixture cooled, I filled the pie crust and baked, the shop smelled so good.

Nov 02, 2003

This is a wonderful recipe in the fall when apples are so plentiful. This year, I made this recipe a few times and I have a freezer full of wonderful pie filling to use all year long. Makes a great pie! And since the apples are already cooked, the crust doesn't get overcooked waiting for the apples to cook down. I will keep this recipe forever! So great! Thanks, Terri!

Oct 08, 2007

I have an apple tree in the backyard and had heard you could freeze apple pie filling but never had a recipe. When I saw this recipe it was perfect timing. I took the advice of others and reduced the water to 6 cups water to 12 cups apples. In a peach filling recipe on the website, they suggested to freeze the peaches in a foil lined pie plate with foil on top. When it froze, remove it from the plate. Cook in oven at 425 degrees on the bottom rack then lower the temperature. I tried this with this apple pie filling and it was marvelous. I look forward to another apple pie this holiday. Thanks for the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 129 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 61 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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