Ann’s Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Ann's Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling @ NancyC

Back in August, my friend Ann and her husband Steve were busy picking apples from their very own apple tree. And this year it produced quite a number of apples! Ann told me about an easy apple pie filling she was making with these apples. It’s made in a slow cooker, and after it’s done cooking and cooling, you simply put the mixture in a freezer bag, freeze it, and it’s ready for whenever you’re wanting to make an apple pie with your favorite crust, whether it’s homemade or ready-made. Or you can use it to make an apple crisp or cobbler.

Ann gave me the recipe, along with lots and lots of apples from her tree, so I could try it out. This pie filling is so good! After making my first batch, I ate some of it just as it was and decided, in addition to pie filling, it would also be great as a warm topping for pancakes, french toast, yogurt (top vanilla or plain yogurt and some granola with it for a great breakfast or snack), and even as a topping for ice cream. It also reminds me of those fried apples at Cracker Barrel–so I think it could work great served as a fruity side dish!

An added bonus it that this apple pie filling smells so wonderful as it’s cooking, especially after the first few hours–the apples, cinnamon, and other spices will give your kitchen a wonderful autumn aroma!

ANN’S SLOW COOKER APPLE PIE FILLING by Ann W.

Makes one 9″ deep dish pie (or one 9″ square apple crisp or cobbler)

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples

In slow cooker, put 2 cups of hot water and whisk in 1/2 cup of cornstarch; whisk together until there are no lumps.

Add in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk all ingredients together; then add the sliced apples, mixing everything together.

Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally, then cool completely. After mixture cools, put in a gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. Just take out when needed, thaw, and pour into a 9″ deep dish pie shell and bake!

Follow baking instructions from your favorite pie recipe, or if you don’t have one, you can bake at 375˚F for 50 to 60 minutes, until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. If it looks like there’s too much filling for the size of your pan, just use what you need–you can always save the rest of the filling to use as a topping.

This is the first time I’ve made my own apple pie filling, so I feel like I’ve really accomplished something! 🙂 Have you ever made it?

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21 thoughts on “Ann’s Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

  1. Kaila

    Ann sounds like an amazing friend, and I’m so glad that she brought over those apples, so you could share this recipe with us too. The filling looks delicious, and I can only imagine the smell wafting through our own house as it bakes. Thank you so much for bringing this treat to the fiesta this week, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  2. spiceinthecity

    Oh yum! This apple pie filling sounds wonderful! Love the idea of making it in a slow cooker. I can imagine skipping the pie part and having it over Vanilla icecream 😀

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  3. Shari

    Oh yum, Nancy! This sounds so good and so versatile. I have never heard of making apple pie filling in a crock pot. That is a great idea! I love that there are so many uses for the filling.

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  4. Mary Lloyd

    thanks Nancy for this recipe I used it and made the filling ,when I finally used the filling in an apple cobbler ,wow was it delicious ,I received so many compliments thanks again.

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  5. Maizie

    Its confusing regarding the amount of sugar. Some have no sweetener at all and this one
    2 cups for a 9 in square. Should it read 1/2 cup of sugar?

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    1. nancyc Post author

      Hi Maizie–2 cups is correct for this recipe, but if you like your filling less sweet, you can always try it with less sugar!

      Reply

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