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Apple and Pear Pie Filling Recipe

Apple Pie Filling    

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Apple and Pear Pie Filling Recipe uses baking apples and pears, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sugar, lemon, butter, flour, egg and vanilla extract to create a very tasty filling for pies.
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 5 baking apples (such as Golden Delicious, Cortland)
  • 3 baking pears (such as Bosc or firm Bartlett)
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on the pie
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • Generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS

  • Finely grate the lemon zest and set aside. Peel, core and then slice both the apple and pear into 1/2-inch slices. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit, then toss fruit with the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves and juices simmer, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, until the fruit softens and the juices evaporate, about 10 minutes.
  • Evenly mix the flour into the fruit; then cook about a minute more to thicken the juices into a light syrup. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest; and remove from the heat. (The filling should resemble a tight compote.) Cool completely. Place the filling in your pie shell and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat to 425F. Brush pie with egg and place cut dough designs on top if desired.
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