Fresh Peach Pie Filling From Scratch

Fresh peach pie filling can be used in many recipes. From homemade pies to cobblers and even scooped over ice cream. In our house, we love using this filling for a variety of treats but our favorite is in homemade sourdough Danish pastries. It’s the perfect level of sweetness with hints of cinnamon to balance it out.

peaches with a wooden spoon for stirring and a bowl of peach filling
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I am a huge fan of pie and always have been. Every year when the county 4-H rolled around I would get my long awaited slice of pie from the clover center. I believe a pie brings people together. Communities share them at church potlucks, families enjoy them for celebrations, and restaurants serve slices to top of your supper.

If you’re looking for another simple from scratch pie filling, grab my cherry pie filling recipe also. It’s super easy to make and tastes amazing.

Peach Pie Filling Recipe Inspiration

While attending summer festivals in Nashville, we learned of a local business called The Peach Truck. Every time we saw their booth we’d grab a bag of fresh Southern peaches to take home. After making many batches of my iced peach tea we needed a new way to use up our produce. That’s when I decided to develop an easy from scratch peach pie filling.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy pie filling recipe to make
  • Only takes 6 ingredients
  • Tastes like restaurant quality
  • Can be used in many recipes
pan of peaches and sugar
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Ingredients

  • 6 peaches (organic is best)
  • 3/4 cup can sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 1 tsp water

How to Make Peach Pie Filling

  1. Rinse, peel, and slice peaches in half to remove the seeds.
  2. Slice each half into slices then cut those in half to make chunks
  3. Add peach chunks, sugar, lemon, and cinnamon to a pot and cook on medium for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once timer goes off, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to cooked peach filling.
  5. Stir continuously for 1 minute then take off burner.
  6. Let filling cool or use for any dessert you’re making. Enjoy!

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Storing Pie Filling

Store cooled down peach pie filling in an air-tight container for up to 3-5 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

glass bowl on a coaster with peach filling inside
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FAQ

How much filling does this make?

This recipe makes enough filling for 1 large pie or 2 small pies.

What is the best way to peel peaches?

The best way to peel peaches is with a pairing knife.

How to thicken peach pie filling?

You will usually thicken peach pie filling with a cornstarch slurry at the end of the cooking process.

Can I use frozen or canned peaches?

You can use canned or frozen just ensure there’s no sugar added.

Is flour or cornstarch better for peach pie?

Cornstarch is better for peach pie to keep the filling appearance less cloudy.

Should you cook fruit pie filling before baking?

If you are going to bake the peach pie right away, you do not need to cook the filling before hand on the stovetop. Simply combine the ingredients with cornstarch in the bowl and place in pie crust to bake.

Why did my peach pie turn out runny?

You need to add more cornstarch to the filling so it’ll hold it’s texture.

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peaches with a wooden spoon for stirring and a bowl of peach filling

Fresh Peach Pie Filling From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
Fresh peach pie filling can be used in many recipes. From homemade pies to cobblers and even scooped over ice cream. In our house, we love using this filling for a variety of treats but our favorite is in homemade sourdough Danish pastries.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 1 pie worth of filling

Ingredients
  

  • 6 peaches organic is best
  • 3/4 cup can sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 1 tsp water

Instructions
 

  • Rinse, peel, and slice peaches in half to remove the seeds.
  • Slice each half into slices then cut those in half to make chunks
  • Add peach chunks, sugar, lemon, and cinnamon to a pot and cook on medium for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once timer goes off, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to cooked peach filling.
  • Stir continuously for 1 minute then take off burner.
  • Let filling cool or use for any dessert you’re making. Enjoy!
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