Grandma's Apple Pie Filling

apple pie

My Grandma came to stay with us the summer of 1978 when I was 12 years old. This was during a particularly rough time in my life. I was able to spend quite a bit of time with her as she cooked for us.

One of the things she made was an apple pie. I have already posted her pie crust recipe, but when I asked about her pie filling,she said she didn't  really measure, but to grab a paper and pen and write down what she did.

Since my husband is a Type 1 (Juvenile type) diabetic I use about 1/2 cup sugar substitute instead. We just don't need it super sweet. You can adjust the sugar to your own taste.

So here, from my files is Grandma's pie recipe. It's simple, not fancy but really delicious. You can substitute some brown sugar if you want a bit more "caramel" type flavor.

Grandma's Apple Pie Filling
makes 1 pie
5-6 Apples, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 - 1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons Tapioca Powder (you know that little red box of pudding powder)

Roll out one pie crust into bottom of a pie tin or cast iron skillet
In a large bowl mix together all pie filling ingredients.
Pour into the pie tin.
Top with top crust and crimp the edges together with the bottom crust
Bake 375° for 1 hour until crust is lightly browned and flaky and apples are tender.


  1. Ahh, there's nothing quite like an apple pie! I've got 4 apple trees out front, and one of them is absolutely loaded. I've been looking for some basic instructions for a super simple apple pie, so I'll give this a whirl. Looks like it could also double as a cobbler with a crumb topping. Thanks for sharing memories of your Grandma. I miss ours so much. They were just wonderful. My hubby's Grandma used to come stay with us for a month or two each year while she was still able to travel, and we have many fond memories. She was an amazing cook, among other things.

    1. It would be delish with a crumb topping! I have two baby "dwarf" apple trees out back, but they are not doing so well. I am not sure they will make it to maturity. we will see! good luck with the apples!


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