Did you know you can make homemade organic pie filling?!
The other day I was complaining to my friend Nancy, one of the best cooks there is, that if I have any recipes calling for pie filling, I can't use them anymore, because I've never seen an organic version. (All the store brands have pesticide-laden fruits, high fructose corn syrup, and other scary ingredients.)
She said, “Why don't you just make your own homemade organic pie filling?” I had no idea how to do that, so she filled me in!
Turns out it's no big deal, it's just not something my Mom ever made when I was growing up so I hadn't thought of trying it. It's good with whatever organic fruit you have on hand: apples, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, or a mixture!
Homemade Organic Pie Filling OR Fruit Syrup Recipe
Yield About 3 cups
Use this how you would use any can of pie filling (see recipe below), or use as a yummy syrup on pancakes or waffles. 🙂
- 2 heaping Tablespoons flour (I use organic einkorn flour or organic unbleached flour – I don’t think whole wheat would work for this)
- 1/2-3/4 cup organic cane sugar or this palm sugar (the palm sugar isn't quite as sweet, so taste test to see if it needs more)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (best from organic lemons) or 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 3/4 cup water + more water as needed to get the consistency you want. (You'll want it more thick for pie filling, more liquid for syrup.)
- 3-4 cups fresh or frozen organic fruit, whatever kind you'd like. (I used strawberries & blueberries when I made it, just because I had some in the freezer leftover from last week's Creme Brule. Peaches, raspberries, or apples are good too!)
In a medium saucepan whisk together flour, sugar, lemon juice and water until well blended on a low-medium heat. (See above note about the amount of water). Add all but 1 cup of the fresh or frozen fruit, reserving the rest. Stir occasionally until it comes to a gentle boil (about 10 minutes or so) and is the desired consistency. Add another 1/2 cup or so more fruit right toward the end of cooking, so there will be some chunky pieces of fruit that aren't cooked all the way down.
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There you have it, homemade organic pie filling IS possible! 🙂
- Here's the dreamy fruit-topped cake recipe I made with this pie filling, YUMMMMM