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  • Lisa Casey

Apple Pie - A New Tradition

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

A couple of years ago, I rediscovered a recipe that I received from my Grandmother – canned apple pie filling. After some discussion with other cooks in the family, I determined that no one had actually ever used this particular recipe. Being adventurous, I decided that I would give it a whirl. I made a trip out to the apple house and after chatting with experts there, returned home with a box of apples - Staymans.

While I do not remember how many quarts I made that first time, the process was very simple – especially with help. In little to no time, all the apples were peeled, cored and sliced into the quart jars and covered with the filling mixture. A short water bath later and we were rich with pie filling. Now to create the pies – simple pour the filling into the pie crust, top with a crust and bake. I have since created quarts of filling with Granny Smith, the preferred apple in our house for baking and with apples given to us in a five gallon bucket from neighbors. All of which make pies that will make your mouth water until they are cool enough to eat.

As I was telling the story of my first apple pie filling experience, a stranger interrupted and asked if I would consider sharing my recipe. While the recipe is really my Grandmother’s I readily shared that day and I am sharing it with for those of you who can already smell the pie in the oven! (Although I have heard that you can eat right out of the jar!)

As an aside - there was a momentary panic as I was baking this pie - we realized there were only 2 quarts of filling left.

Apple Pie Filling

1 Peck Apples - Peeled and Cut up

6 Cups Sugar

7 Cups Water

1 Stick Margarine

1 Cup Corn Starch

2 tsp Cinnamon

½ tsp Nutmeg

½ tsp Allspice

Mix all ingredients and heat until margarine is melted. Pack apples in quart jars. Pour filling mixture over apples. Seal. Process in hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Apple Pie

1 Quart Apple Pie Filling

1 Double Pie Crust

Preheat oven to 450◦. Pour filing over bottom crust. Top with crust, seal and vent. Bake at 450◦ for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350◦ and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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