Easy apple pie filling! Make it in season, then have a pie ready for the oven in minutes, all year long.
Baking is one of my favorite pastimes during the holidays because I just love to prepare special treats for my loved ones, especially if those treats are ones that we only enjoy once a year. Sometimes though, the amount of things on my to-do list gets a little overwhelming, and it's in those situations I'm thankful that I spent a little extra time before the holidays preparing some helpful items in advance.
I roast pumpkins, make pie dough, put together mini chicken pot pies and pasta dishes - anything I can fit in the freezer. I also preserve as much as possible ahead of time, including my homemade cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving dinner, and this easy apple pie filling.
Canning this filling ahead of time is the perfect way to whip up a delicious dessert in minutes, without sacrificing the homemade part of your treat - which is wonderful when you're pressed for time or have unexpected company. Feel free to play with the spices and tailor them to your tastes. And, feel free to also use the filling for a number of other desserts, including apple turnovers, apple strudel, or apple crumble.
For a boozy version, replace 1/2 cup of the cider with your favorite brandy or bourbon.
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