Making a great tasting apple pie filling can ultimately be a ”piece of cake”, or perhaps in this case we shall say, ”as easy as pie” to stay right on topic. All you will need are some great tasting apples, a few ingredients you likely have in your pantry, and of course, a pie crust to envelop your great tasting filling. While you can easily make apple pie by purchasing a can of apple pie filling at your local super market, apple filling made from scratch using fresh apples is certain to yield an apple pie of unsurpassed flavor.
How to Make Apple Pie Filling
A good apple pie filling starts with the right type of apples. Not all apples are made equal and therefore, not all apples are suitable for apple pie filling. Brands of apples to avoid are those that do not take being cooked well, and that have a tendency to fall apart such as the McIntosh, Gala and Cortland apples, which on the other hand, make great apple sauce.
To make a great tasting apple pie filling with the right texture, it takes apples that are sturdy, crisp, and a bit on the tart side. You want to avoid over sweet apples or apples that do not offer much in flavor such as Red Delicious apples. Golden Delicious apples on the other hand, may be sweet, but do not have the right texture to keep up with the demands of making apple filling.
So what are the best apples for an out of this world apple pie? Granny Smith apples with their moderate sweetness and right amount of tartness make great apple pies. You can also throw in some Golden Delicious for a nice combination of sweet and tart. Other great apple pie filling candidates are Jonathan, Jonagold and Pippin, as well as Gravenstein, Rome Beauty, Braeburn, Fuji and Pink Lady Apples.
Once you have chosen the right apples, comes time to wash them, peel them, cut out the cores and start slicing them. To make apple pie filling for one average pie you should use 5 to 6 apples. You should then place the sliced apples in a bowl with some lemon juice to prevent them from turning brownish.
Next, in a bowl combine 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Mix all together well. Add to the bowl the sliced apples drained from the water,1/4 cup light corn syrup and 2 Tablespoons of softened cut up butter.
Your filling is now ready to be enveloped within the crust. You are now on your way for a great tasting home- made apple pie. Expect your home to smell great for the next 45 minutes or so, and then enjoy a slice of warm apple pie. If you want to indulge yourself in something fancy, top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.