Easy homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe you can make in about 20 minutes in your Instant Pot or a bit longer using our stovetop directions!
Have you ever made an easy apple pie filling recipe before? You may think it’s complex and opt for canned (yes I do this too if I am in a real hurry) but if you have about 20 minutes and a bowl full of apples you can make this easy pressure cooker apple pie filling at home too! If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet no worries (though I may need to convince you to jump on the multi cooker band wagon with me) because I will include homemade apple pie filling directions for your stovetop as well. Just another favorite added to our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes.
If you’ve been a fan of The Typical Mom Facebook page, or have been reading my blog recently you know we went apple picking and loaded up on 65 lbs. of Fuji apples!
Needless to say we’ve been busy with apple everything, and this was the latest creation (we’ve still got about 20 lbs. left so stay tuned for more). 😉
What do you need to make homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling you might ask
- Apples – duhhhh, you choose the variety but I love Fuji, red and yellow varieties aren’t as firm if you prefer really soft apples
- Lemon juice – I rarely have fresh on hand and just use this
- Vanilla – not necessary but I like the addition, this is how you make homemade vanilla extract
- Clear Jel – you probably don’t have this but can grab this small bag you see here
- This is a necessity and no other substitution will do, I have tried other thickening options but this is what works
- If you’re canning you’ll need mason jars
- Instant Pot doesn’t recommend using their pot for canning, here’s a post on canning 101
Why would you want to make your own homemade apple pie filling?
- If you use pie filling a lot and make a large batch you will save money in the long run
- You can avoid the preservatives found in canned apple pie filling
- Choose the type of apples YOU love to make it perfect for your recipe
- Making your own pie filling allows you to control how soft or firm your apples will be
- Add as little or as much sugar as you’d like to control the sweetness
- Or create a sugar free apple pie filling recipe by using a sugar substitute
- If you want to can apple pie filling using mason jars you can do it yourself which means you can use the freshest apples during the winter months, can them, and enjoy it all year long!
I say this easy apple pie filling recipe takes about 20 minutes. Of course time with vary depending upon how long it takes you to peel, core, and slice your apples. Also time will vary a bit in the last step where you’re allowing the thick liquid and apples to bubble together.
I prefer my apples to still have a bit of firmness to them when I turn my Instant Pot off and allow it to cool enough to put it into a jar.
If you love really tender apple pie filling then by all means just allow it to bubble longer, stirring intermittently so it doesn’t burn at the bottom, and allow them to become soft.
- Tenderness is a personal preference so make it however you like, that is why I love this pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe!
How do I make homemade apple pie filling on the stovetop?
- Use a pot on medium heat
- Follow directions listed below in the recipe card
- Instead of using the saute setting on your pressure cooker you are merely using the medium heat on your burner
- It will turn out just as yummy!
What would you use pressure cooker apple pie filling for?
Oh let me list the ways……I use it a lot in my easy dump cake recipes
- Apple pie bread pudding
- Apple spice dump cake
- Gingerbread dump cake
- Apple pie monkey bread muffins
- Apple pie stuffed cinnamon roll waffles
AND our most popular recipe will be a hit in your house if you love this one as much as we do because it uses fresh apples and is OH SO amazing, it’s our Instant Pot apple crisp and must be tried immediately after you make this apple pie filling.
Here’s a video showing you how easy it is to make Instant Pot apple pie filling:
Here’s the printable recipe to follow as well.
Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling
- 6 apples cored, peeled, sliced thin/thick depending on preference
- 2.5 - 3 c sugar 2.5 c. makes it slightly sweet, 3 if you want sweet
- 3/4 c clear jel
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 3/4 c water
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- Core, peel and slice your apples (thinner if you want them soft or thicker if you prefer them to be on the firmer side). Set your pressure cooker to saute, normal, setting. Add your water.
- Once your water begins to boil stir in your sugar, wait for other ingredients until it begins to dissolve.
- Sprinkle in your clear jel and use a whisk to mix together until it is smooth and starts to bubble and thicken. Whisk in your cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
- Once mixture starts to continually bubble, while stirring regularly, pour in your lemon juice and stir.
- Allow this mixture to bubble once again, mixing intermittently so it doesn't burn, for about 1 minute or so.
- Then add your bowl of sliced apples and stir together.
- Allow thickened apple pie filling mixture to bubble again and stir apples about every 30 seconds so sauce doesn't burn but long enough for apples to soften.
- Do this continuously until apples are the consistency you desire. I prefer mine to stay a bit firmer so it takes me about 5 minutes of this process, may take longer if you like your apples soft.
- Once they're perfect for you turn your Instant Pot off and allow to cool, or use immediately in a pie or otherwise.
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