Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 23, 2023

Learn how to make a classic apple pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe. The filling is made with fresh apples, warm spices, and a hint of lemon juice, resulting in a sweet and flavorful filling that is perfect for pies, tarts, or turnovers. This recipe is a timeless American favorite that will fill your kitchen with the comforting aroma of apple pie.


  • 6 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and lightly grease a 9-inch pie dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice. Toss well to coat the apples evenly.
  3. Transfer the apple mixture into the prepared pie dish, making sure to distribute it evenly and to fill the dish to the top.
  4. Dot the top of the filling with small pieces of butter. This will help add richness and flavor to the filling.
  5. Roll out the pie dough on a floured surface and carefully place it over the apple filling. Trim any excess dough hanging over the edges of the pie dish.
  6. Crimp or flute the edges of the pie crust to seal it to the dish.
  7. Using a sharp knife, make a few small slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape while baking.
  8. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  9. After 15 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue baking for another 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  10. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for at least 1 hour before serving. This will allow the filling to set and make it easier to slice.
  11. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a comforting and delicious dessert.

Interesting Facts

  • This homemade apple pie filling can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • You can also freeze the apple pie filling for longer storage. Simply place it in a freezer-safe container or bag and store for up to 3 months.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar and spices in the filling according to your taste preference. Some like it sweeter, while others prefer a more tart flavor.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled or halved depending on the amount of filling you need.
  • Use this apple pie filling as a versatile base for other apple desserts such as turnovers, strudels, or even apple cinnamon rolls.