Friday, August 14, 2009
Freezer Apricot Pie Filling
After Owen and Iza eating apricots for 2 days, as well as making apricot jam, there was still an abundance of apricots to be used, so I decided to try freezer pie fillings (I might try to use them to make a cobbler as well, we will see how things go). I have never made these before, so hopefully it works out alright.
4 to 5 cups halved, pitted apricots (This was the amount of fruit that looked good to me in the pie plate, you might want more or less, use how much you like)
½ cup sugar (if you have really sweet fruit you may want to decrease this)
1 to 2 tbsp flour ( if your apricots don’t have a lot of juice use the 1 tbsp of flour)
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp cinnamon
1.Place the apricots in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Gently mix until everything is well mixed.
2.Place a Ziploc freezer back inside a pie plate and spoon the mixture into the bag, filling the plate.
3.Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Put the pie plate with the bag of fruit in the freezer. The pie plate can be removed after the filling has frozen.
When you want to bake the pie:
1.Remove the pie from the freezer, and place in an unbaked crust. Cover with the top crust and seal the edges. Cut vents in the top of the crust.
2.Bake at 375F about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours – the crust should be brown, and the filling bubbling in the center.
Note: A lot of recipes say to wrap the pie filling in tin/aluminum foil, I tried that last year, and while it kept the fillings fresh, it was a pain to peal off before baking. More than once, I had to sit with a fork and pick out pieces that had ripped off. So this year I am trying the bag route, I figure they work really well for all my freezer meals so hopefully they will keep my pie fillings tasty.