Apple Pie is ready to go all I need is a crust, great for get togethers and potlucks, or to take to a new mom etc. I won't lie this is more time consuming than most of my canning recipes but it is wroth it. These are also delicious to just "fry" in a pan with a little butter.
This recipe makes 3-4 quarts, I always double it and it works well. A batch any bigger would be hard to handle.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 35 minutes
- Yield : 4
- Sliced, Peeled, Cored Apples - 12 cups (treated to keep from browning with citric acid or lemon juice)
- Brown Sugar - 2 3/4 cups (white sugar is fine but brown is so much better)
- ClearJel - 3/4 cup (this is NOT sure jel or pectin)
- Ground Cinnamon - 1 1/2 teaspoon
- Ground Nutmeg - 1 teaspoon
- Cold Water - 1 1/4 cups
- Unsweetened Apple Juice - 2 1/2 cups
- Lemon Juice - 1/2 cup
- In a Large pot of boiling water blanch apples in small batches for 1 minute. Remove with apples and keep warm in a covered dish or pan.
- In a Large pan combine sugar, clearjel, cinnamon, nutmeg, water and apple juice. bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir CONSTANTLY and cook until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken don't forget to STIR CONSTANTLY. Add lemon juice and and boil for 1 minute while STIRRING CONSTANTLY.
- Remove from heat and add the warm apples to the hot mixture and stir well.
- Ladle hot pie filling into hot jars, leaving 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, clean rims and place lids on the jars.
- Process in a water bath for 25 minutes of pints and 35 minutes for quarts.
- To make a pie add 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of filling to pie crust of your choice and cook according to your crusts' direction. The Pie Below is store bought crusts and I backed for about 30 minutes.