Apple Pie Filling Homemade Apple Pie Filling Moms Apple Pie Filling

There are probably as many homemade apple pie filling recipes, varying from family to family, as there are families cutting and eating those delicious, homespun apple pies.

Apple pie is an American icon, existing equally with Mom and love – and rightfully so. Offered here is a smattering of those treasured apple pie fillings and the quick-to-read method of preparing them.

Some pie bakers are strict purists, simply using cinnamon and nutmeg for the seasoning of the apples. Then there are others who meticulously add ginger and cloves to the mix. Still other good pie bakers use highly-scented candies to add that certain something to their apple pie filling.

However the filling is made, bakers stand firm in the belief that their exclusive recipe is the best – and it probably is – because homemade, traditional, generational recipes ARE the best.  They are the recipes that are passed down from grandmothers to daughters and from mothers to children.

-Good Apple Pie Filling

5-6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin

¼ cup lemon juice

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. cloves

¼ cup all purpose flour

Place the apples in a large bowl; add the lemon juice and toss to cover all. Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat all the apples completely.  Scoop the apples into a prepared bottom crust and add the vented top crust. Finish off and bake.

-Dried Apple Pie Filling

2-1/2 cups dried apples, slices or chunks

2-3/4 cups water

2 tbsp. cornstarch

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Cook the dried apples over low heat until soft and tender, around 30 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook 10 minutes, or until thick. Allow the filling to cool for 15 minutes.  Pour into a prepared bottom crust, add the top crust and bake.

-Red-Hot Apple Pie Filling

6 cups raw, sliced pie apples

1/2 cup hard cinnamon candies (Red-Hots)

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup butter, cut into slices

Pour all ingredients into a large, deep mixing bowl and stir together. Scoop into a prepared bottom crust, dot with butter, add the top crust.  (Brush the top crust with a little milk and then sprinkle with 1 tbsp. sugar just before baking.)

-Most Favored Apple Pie filling

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and grated

3 large Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and grated

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

3 tbsp. flour

1/4 cup butter, cut into slices

Toss all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and allow the filling to macerate at room temperature for 15 minutes.  This develops the juices and makes a delicious filling. Pour into a raw, prepared bottom crust, dot with the butter, then apply the vented top crust.  Brush the crust with heavy cream and dust lightly with sugar and nutmeg. Bake 35-40 minutes in a 375oF oven.

Everyone loves Mom’s homemade apple pie, because – no matter how the filling is made, the main ingredient is always love!