Don't these bottles look pretty. Yesterday I made apple pie filling for the first time and it turned out fabulous (except for the one bottle that boiled all over the place, but I choose to forget that). A friend gave us some as a Christmas present a few years ago and I have been wanting to do some ever since. This year a neighbor let us pick apples from their tree so I was over flowing in apples and decided to give it a try. Let's just say I will be doing this every year from now on. It turned out so yummy. I figure I can use it for pie filling, apple crisp, ice cream topping, oatmeal topping, to eat just plain, add to yogurt, etc., etc., etc.
Apple Pie Filling (printer friendly recipe)
Yield: 7 quarts
4 1/2 C Sugar
1 C cornstarch
2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
10 C water
3 T lemon juice
1 t salt
5 1/2 - 6 lbs. apples
1. In a large pot on medium heat, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Allow to cook, stirring until thick an bubbly.
Isn't this pretty?
2. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and salt.
3. Peel/Core/and Slice the apples.* Place them tightly into quart jars.
4. Pour the sauce over the apples leaving a 1/2" space at the top. If the sauce is too thick to go down, heat over low until it is a little warmer. I kind of dilly dallied in getting the apples done and this happened to me and after I heated it slightly it worked just fine.
5. Wash rims and place two piece lids on as directed on the box.
6. Process in a boiling water canner for 40 minutes.
*I own an apple peeler/corer/slicer that I used to peel the apples. I didn't core or slice with this tool since the slices would have been too thin.
I then used an apple wedger to make the wedges.