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Apple Pie Filling for Crepes

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Fall means apples! There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly picked apples, and picking apples yourself is a great way to enjoy the fall. Whether you’re lucky enough to live near a U-Pick apple operation or have to get your apples from the grocery store, this apple pie crepe filling makes a delicious breakfast or dessert option. This easy apple pie filling recipe can also be scaled up to meet all your apple pie filling needs!

easy apple pie filling recipe

When selecting apples for this recipe, don’t be shy about mixing and matching. Use three or four of your favorite crispy varieties to create a complex flavor medley! Avoid naturally soft, mealy apples, though, like red or golden delicious, because they fall apart too easily when cooked. This apple pie filling is delicious as a fruit compote eaten with a fork, but I designed it as a filling for my easy, foolproof crepe recipe. Edit: Unfortunately, the crepe recipe was lost. Now I’ve learned my lesson and have a backup service! Hopefully I”ll have the chance to recreate it one of these days.

gala apples

Yield: 2-4

Apple Pie Filling for Crepes

Apple Pie Filling for Crepes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 a cup of light brown sugar (1 3/4 ounces)
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 a teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • A pinch of table salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 or 4 nice, crisp apples
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice


  • Peel, core, and slice your apples. I recommend slicing them medium-thin and then cutting each slice in half 'short ways.' This allows the apples to cook quickly and thoroughly.
  • Combine the sugar, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Toss the apple chunks in the sugar mixture until they are thoroughly coated.
  • Heat the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan and, when the foaming subsides, add the apples and sugar mixture.
  • Stir occasionally to slightly brown all sides of the apples.
  • Reduce heat to medium low, add the vanilla, stir the apples so they are in a single layer on the pans bottom, and cook until the apples are tender but not mushy, about 7-10 minutes. Stir once every minute or two to ensure they don't burn or stick.
  • Once the apples are tender, remove them from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Serve with crepes or simply eat the apples with a fork!
  • Apple Pie Breakfast Crepes

    How simple is that? This recipe takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and is the perfect way to mix up your Sunday breakfast routine or have a not too unhealthy dessert. The hardest part is actually peeling, coring, and cutting the apples. I’m a notoriously horrible peeler (my family has always accused me of creating square potatoes when I peel them!). If you peel/cut like me and enjoy apples, you might want to get an apple peeler. They’re super affordable!

    As I’ve already noted above, this makes a great dessert all by itself without crepes! It also goes really well on oatmeal – trust me. 🙂

    What’s your favorite way to enjoy apples? Do you have a very favorite fall produce item?

    Natasha of The Artisan Life-01

    { 6 comments… add one }
    • Dina October 6, 2013, 11:08

      they look yummy!

      • natashalh October 6, 2013, 11:15

        Thank you, they were! And now I’m out of apples, which is kind of sad. Good thing it’s apple season!

    • marieken October 2, 2013, 14:03

      That must taste heavenly!

      • natashalh October 2, 2013, 16:54

        I love it! It’s savory and slightly tart and not too sweet. Delicious!

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