Easy make-ahead apple pie filling keeps your pie crust well baked (not soggy) for holiday baking!
THE SECRET TO BAKING APPLE PIES:
Is there any dessert more American than homemade apple pie?
As much as we love our apple pie, most people might not make it at home. Once you know this little secret, you will bake them again and again. We all know people go crazy over homemade pies, and they will love yours!
The one challenge of fruit pies is the filling can ruin the crust.
Apple pies baked with an uncooked filling release the juice (from the apples) into your pie crust.
And that is why the pie crust never bakes, and the crust gets soggy! Yuck, no one wants that, so by
Yuck, and no one wants a soggy crust (this is for you Angeli and other readers who have asked)! By pre-cooking the apple pie filling, the cornstarch, and juice from the apples combine to make a thicker pie filling that bakes well in the pie crust.
- 6 large Granny Smith apples 6 lb. cored and cut into medium 1/2" size pieces
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 cups water
In a large pot, add lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, kosher salt, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg to a boil.
Boil 2 minutes and keep stirring (don’t walk away) then add apples.
Cover, medium simmer 10-12 minutes.
Turn off heat, cover, and cool for 30-45 minutes. It will get really thick.
Use or store in zip-top bags in the freezer.
Put pie portions in zip-top bags, date and freeze. This is a freezer recipe for pies, hand-pies, tarts, and crumbles.
I love apple pie and always have. In 1998 I remember baking my first homemade apple pie in my kitchen near the beach, and over the years I have learned a thing or two about what I like in a good apple pie. Lots of experimentation over the years!
My homemade apple pie requirements; homemade crust (almost always), good thick delicious homemade filling, and a simple crumble topping. That to me is apple pie perfection.
All The Best Dishes,
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