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Homemade Peach Pie Filling

With fresh peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon, this Homemade Peach Pie Filling is super flavorful and is ready for your next baking adventure!

A TASTY PIE FILLING RECIPE

Peaches are one of my go-to fruits, I absolutely cannot get enough of any and all things peach related. One recipe that I think that everyone needs in their food arsenal is a Homemade Peach Pie Filling. This recipe is super easy to make and oh so flavorful with the fresh peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon as the main stand out ingredients. This is great for more than just pies. You can use it in other desserts (like my Peaches and Cream Bars), as ice cream toppings in oatmeal and more. If you are a peach lover like I am then you absolutely have to make this Homemade Peach Pie Filling recipe!

Homemade Peach Pie filling in mason jar with spoon holding some filling out.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much does this make?

This makes about 4 cups depending on how much you cook it down. To make a standard size pie, you will want about 4 cups of pie filling.

What is the best way to peel peaches?

The best way that I have found to peel peaches is by first placing them into boiling water for about 20 seconds, removing and then immediately placing in an ice bath until they are cool to the touch. Then you can use a paring knife to easily remove the skin off or use a vegetable peeler. It should slide right off though.

How do you thicken peach pie filling?

With cornstarch! Cornstarch is a great thickener or you can use arrowroot as well. The goal is to make sure to continuously stir so the cornstarch gets totally incorporated and to give the heat time to help it thicken.

Can I use frozen peaches or canned peaches?

Yes. If using frozen, it will take longer for them to soften so keep that in mind because you are cooking them down from a frozen state. Canned peaches should be in 100% juice (not syrup) and the juice should be drained well. I don’t think you get the same flavor from canned peaches and they tend to break down too much.

Can peach pie filling be canned?

I don’t recommend it for this particular recipe because it has cornstarch in it. However, this pie filling can be frozen for up to 3 months if that is an option for you.
You can still preserve this pie filling by substituting ClearJel (not a paid affiliate link) for the cornstarch. ClearJel is just a modified cornstarch that makes it safe for canning. You would use a little less than double the amount of ClearJel for cornstarch then follow proper canning procedures. Pectin cannot act as a substitute in pie fillings.

How do I store leftovers?

Let the filling cool and then place in an airtight container and this will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This can also be frozen in a freezer container where it will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight until thawed.

Spoon adding Homemade Peach Pie Filling into pie crust Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • butter – you can use unsalted or salted here. It is such a small amount of butter that the salt in salted butter won’t make much of a difference in overall taste.
  • granulated sugar and light brown sugar – I really like the combination of the two sugars. A lot of recipes just use one or the other but I think using both really makes a difference in overall flavor.
  • pure vanilla extract – this is just meant to give the pie filling a subtle background flavor that really brings out the natural flavor of the peaches.
  • ground cinnamon – Use a cinnamon brand that you really enjoy here. I tend to lean towards stronger cinnamon like Saigon cinnamon (when you look for it in stores it will usually say “Cinnamon” and then underneath that “Saigon”) but as always, use what you enjoy or have on hand.
  • peaches – see my FAQ above on how to best peel peaches. This recipe works best with fresh peaches.
  • cornstarch – as I stated above, you can use arrowroot as well. I don’t recommend flour.
Ingredients needed: butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, salt, peaches and cornstarch.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PEACH PIE FILLING:

Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add vanilla extract and cornstarch and whisk. Stir in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir once again.

Melted butter with granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon added to pot.

Let the sugar melt down for about 5 minutes, stirring.

Sugar melted down slightly.

Add the peaches. Stir and cook for about 10-12 minutes or so until the peaches cook down, soften and filling has thickened. Be patient here. If the peaches have fully softened and you haven’t noticed it thicken up yet, turn the heat on high. This will activate that cornstarch to get it to thicken.

Peaches added to sugar mixture in pot.

Remove the pan from the heat and bake in a crust or let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Peach Pie Filling in large pot with spoon stirring it.

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Homemade Peach Pie Flling

With fresh peaches, brown sugar and cinnamon, this Homemade Peach Pie Filling is super flavorful and is ready for your next baking adventure.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds peaches (about 6), peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add vanilla extract and cornstarch and whisk.
  • Stir in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir once again.
  • Let the sugar melt down for 5 minutes, stirring.
  • Then add the peaches.
  • Stir and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the peaches become cook down, become soft and the filling has thickened. Be patient here, it just takes time and you can't rush it. Don't walk away from the pot since it needs to be stirred regularly.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and bake in a crust or let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
  • If the peaches have fully softened and you haven’t noticed it thicken up yet, turn the heat on high. This will activate that cornstarch to get it to thicken.
  • You can use this is other desserts or toppings, see above for ideas. 
  • This can be frozen, see how to do that above.
  • This uses about 6 peaches (maybe only 5 if they are very large peaches) and produces about 4 cups worth of filling. Weighing the peaches will give you better accuracy. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 149mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 95g

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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I did use frozen peaches, I just removed most of the water off them when they thawed. However, my issue was the remainder did not freeze well. I had to throw it out.

  2. 5 stars
    Made a peach pie yeterday using this recipe! Is delicious and easy to make. Next time, as I am not fan of cinnamon, I will only use 1/2 tsp. Question, as I like my pie a bit more tart, should I cut back on the sugar or will that ruin the consistancy?

  3. 5 stars
    I used this recipe for the first time last weekend and it is phenomenal. I made a peach pie that day and pie filling and put those in the freezer for the holidays! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

  4. 5 stars
    This stuff is AMAZING!! Had my doubts while making it..but…YUMMY!
    Turned out perfectly!!!! I recommend making it…TODAY!

  5. 5 stars
    I was a little concerned when my sugars turned to hard crumbles after I added the vanilla but I kept on and had faith because I have never had one of your recipes fail. I added the peaches and magically the hard sugar pieces melted and then when I added the cornstarch it turned into a lovely thick glaze. My only fail is my Arizona peaches are hard as rocks and tasteless like most fruit here. Next time I will use frozen peaches!

    Oh…. I topped it with a Dutch Butter Crumble and served with vanilla ice cream. Delicious!!.

      1. 5 stars
        I have had a couple of good boxes of peaches from Costco. I just bought some last week and within a day they were perfect for making peach pies. They were $10.99 for a 4 lb. box. I got some from Kroger before, but they weren’t flavorful. I am not sure how long Costco will have the peaches, but I just bought some on 9/7/23. They were big and so tasty!