Indulging in the delightful flavors of a homemade apple pie is a true pleasure, and what better way to enhance that experience than by preparing your own Homemade Apple Pie Filling? Bursting with the natural sweetness of apples, complemented by a blend of warm spices, this recipe allows you to create a luscious and versatile filling that can be used in a variety of desserts. Whether you’re planning to bake a classic apple pie or explore creative uses for this flavorful concoction, this recipe provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. With just a handful of ingredients and a little time in the kitchen, you’ll have a jar of homemade apple pie filling ready to elevate your baking endeavors to new heights. Let’s dive in and embark on this delicious adventure!
5 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Prepare the apples by coring, peeling, and slicing them. Set aside and keep them hot.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, water, apple juice or cider, and lemon juice.
Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the desired thickness for the filling. Be careful not to let it reach a full boil.
Fill hot sterilized quart jars with the apple slices and syrup, alternating layers until the jar is almost full.
Run a knife down the side of the jar to remove any air bubbles.
Add more apple slices and syrup as needed, leaving a little headspace at the top of the jar.
Process the jars in a boiling water bath. Place the jars in a water bath pan or a pan that allows you to cover the jars with water by about 1 inch.
Boil the jars for 25 minutes to ensure proper preservation.
Note: Always follow safe canning practices and refer to your canning equipment’s instructions for precise processing times and safety guidelines.