I had an overabundance of apples from Bountiful Baskets and wanted to turn them into a unique gift for friends. I had noticed quite a few recipes for apple pie in a jar on pinterest.com and thought I should give it a try. After a few tweaks, I came up with a great recipe that is quite simple (except for the peeling and slicing part).
As I mentioned, peeling, slicing, and coring the apples is the most time consuming part of the recipe. Just put on some good music and go to town. I would recommend Mahna, Mahna from Muppets: The Green Album.
To prevent browning, crush Vitamin C tablets and place them in water. For 24 apples, I used 24 (500 mg) tablets and 8 cups of water. I really couldn’t believe how well the apples held their color!
The rest is quite simple.
5 cups water
2 1/4 cups white sugar
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t salt
1/4 t ground nutmeg
Place water in a large (emphasis on large) pan. Combine the remaining ingredients and add to the water. Stir well and bring to a boil. Keep stirring and boil for 2 minutes.
Add apples and bring the mixture to a boil again. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the apples only for 6 minutes more.
Cool for 30 minutes and ladle into freezer containers, allowing plenty of head space for expansion.
Can be frozen for 12 months.
This recipe produced 6 quarts of apple pie filling.
I would never post a recipe without trying it first so I made an apple crisp from some of the filling. Oh the sacrifices!
1 c oats
1/2 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c melted butter
1/2 c crushed pecans
Pour over apple pie fillings and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
This recipe for crust is on the dry side and just how I like it, especially when served with ice cream. Decrease the oats by 1/2 a cup if you would like yours to be not as dry.
Side note: I found recipes for canned apple pie filling that was preserved by a water bath canning method. Those recipes called for Clear Gel, which I could not find locally. Clear Gel is a type of cornstarch that is safe to use for canning.Pin It