Making your own Pie Filling is of course full of benefits, using fresh fruit, adding what you like in the mix and of course it won’t have preservatives or additives.
You can also make it as sweet or ‘sharp’ as you like and with my recipe, you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days or freeze in ‘pie size’ portions for another day.
I often make up this recipe and pour the fruit over some cake (you know sometimes if you have left some cake go dry? ) or I like it simply with Ice cream! But of course, you can use it to make pies!
This is a basic recipe which you can use for all fruits, and I will also give you a recipe for caramel fruit pie filling, delicious with pears, apples, bananas etc.
Simple enough, and you add cinnamon, nutmeg , cloves etc if you wish too.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes Approx
Yield: Filling for 8 inch pie
A Basic pie filling :
2 1/2 lbs or 1 Kg of fruit, peeled and sliced/chopped. (pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, cherries, bananas etc)
1 cup water
1 cup regular sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tspn each of cinnamon, nutmeg. ground cloves, pumpkin spice etc. You choose what you like most.
A Simple Caramel Pie filling :
2 1/2 lbs or 1 Kg of fruit, peeled and sliced/chopped. (pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, cherries, bananas, pineapples etc)
4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Squeeze of lemon juice
Add any spices you like. You can also add a Tablespoon of honey too!
The Caramel filling goes well with apples, pears, pineapples & bananas.
Note, the Instructions are the same for the Basic and the caramel filling.
1. Peel, slice and chop the fruit into small cubes. Then add a squeeze of lemon juice and toss in a bowl. The lemon juice will stop the fruit going brown.
2. Add all the ingredients to the pan, EXCEPT the spices and vanilla if using.
3. Bring to the boil and when it starts bubbling, remove from the heat, add your spices & vanilla and allow to cool. Once cooled, you can freeze, refrigerate or add to the pie.
*** If you prefer a ‘softer’ bite to the fruit, for example if you are using as it is without any further cooking in a pie, then leave it to simmer in a pan a little longer until the fruit is soft to your liking.
Serve some lovely caramel Pie filling over a warm sliced cake! (and don’t forget the ice cream too!)