Fall is just around the corner and it is time to time to get out all your comfort recipes! A homemade apple pie filling is the sweetened goodness that is perfect comfort food for cold evenings and is so much better than the store-bought canned variety.

There is so much deliciousness packed in fresh apples and bringing it together with brown sugar is the perfect winter miracle.

This recipe is prepared with all your favorite ingredients from fall and is already an all-time favorite in homes all around the world. The versatility of the recipe is the best thing it has to offer, the filling can be used in Apple Pie With Crumb Topping, pastries and if you are looking to binge on carbs it can be eaten alone as well.

apples about to be peeled for apple pie, apple peeler on a grey background

Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

Apples – you pretty much can use any apple for the filling, however, the best ones are Honeycrisp, Grannysmith, Jonathan Gold, Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady.

Lemon juice – substitute with lime.

Water -filtered water or apple juice 

Organic Cane Sugar packed  – you can substitute with a combination of sugar and coconut sugar.

Cornstarch – substitute with arrowroot or tapioca starch.

Cinnamon – use your favorite spices, like coriander, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, allspice.

apple pie slices in a bowl on a grey background

How To Make Apple Pie Filling?

  1. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
  2. Place the water, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon in a large pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  3. Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples have softened for about 10 minutes.
  4. Cool the apple filling for 10 minutes, then transfer it to containers and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use it.

apple pie filling cooking in a pot

Sometimes it can be hard to make your loved ones, and in some cases your own stomach, happy. But this recipe is a quick fix and is guaranteed to put a smile on everybody’s face with its sweet, aromatic flavor. The caramelized brown sugar comes into perfect matrimony with the apples and the winter spices just accentuate the flavor and make it just absolutely divine.

Those lazy afternoons and cold evenings blues will be easier to ward off with a recipe that is easy to make and simply wonderful. You can make it whenever it is convenient for you and store it in jars and keep it until you feel like having it again.

What I love about this recipe is, since winters are mostly quiet and there is a general stillness in the air, making the apple pie filling is like cutting the quiet-like atmosphere with the excitement of preparing the apples and slow cooking them in caramelized brown sugar. And as the air is filled with the scent of apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg, it becomes less dreary and gives off a more homely and comfortable feeling.

A Few Tips:

You can use a variety of tart apples such as Jonagold, Melrose, or Winesap and sweet apples in the recipe, such a Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Braeburn. Make sure to slice them thin but not too much, to make sure the brown sugar gets absorbed nicely.

When apples are in season, you can store the slices in the freezer. here is How To Freeze Apple

Non-dairy butter is an ingredient that might make you think it’s not easy to come by but with the increase in the demand for vegan food non-dairy butter can be found in and superstores. You can, however, substitute it with coconut oil if you’re thinking of adding it into the brown sugar to help it caramelize.

Apple Recipes To Prepare

  1. Apple Pie Smoothie
  2. Gluten-Free Apple Muffins
  3. Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Other Winter Desserts

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Vegan Carrot Cake

Candied Pumpkin

apple pie filling in a mason jar

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Apple Pie Filling

Fall is just around the corner and it is time to time to get out all your comfort recipes! A homemade apple pie filling is the sweetened goodness that is perfect comfort food for cold evenings and is so much better than the store-bought canned variety.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pie filling
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 97kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or 1/4 cup cane sugar plus 1/4 cup coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
  • Place the water, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  • Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples have softened for about 10 minutes.
  • Cool the apple filling for 10 minutes, then transfer it to containers and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use it.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg