• Great Aunt Arzley’s Apple Pie Filling

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    Do you remember a recipe from your youth that when you think about it, your mouth waters?

    That’s how I feel about Great Aunt Arzley’s apple pie filling.

    Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling

    When I was a girl, I’d help my mother and grandma make batches of filling and can it for the winter months.

    It was my very favorite thing to bottle in the fall because it made the whole house smell amazing AND I got to eat the warm, cinnamon laced leftovers spooned over ice cream at the end. I remember trying to turn the crank on the peeler/corer and never having much success, but they always let me try.
    It was a sticky sweet process that I still love all these years later.

    The recipe comes from a 30+ year old family cookbook, but it dates back long before 1983.

    Losser Family Favorites Cookbook

    Family History:

    My great-grandmother, Madeline Losser Anderson, grew up in Benjamin, Utah. She was a very special lady to me. My family and I lived in her basement when I was a little girl and helped her through her last little while on this earth. She had a big beautiful garden and was the most service oriented lady around. I was only 4 and yet I vividly remember her ugly shag carpet that ate my toys, her jewelry box of beautiful brooches, and her soft, kind hands. Grandma had a brother named Lamar and he was married to a fantastic cook, named Arzley Peterson Losser, who was from Santaquin.
    Together, my great uncle and aunt built a life in the sweet little town of Payson, Utah.

    Lamar and Arzley owned a little grocery store in their town that was eventually torn down to make way for the freeway expansion. Uncle Lamar was also the mayor for a time.

    My Grandma, Lamar and Arzley’s niece, told me that Arzley was a wonderful cook. My grandma is one of the best home-cooks that I know, so that is a great compliment coming from her. If you come across a recipe by Aunt Arzley in the cookbook, there’s a good bet that it is delicious.

    Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling

    It must be the romantic in me, but I love that the recipes in this old book were typed out on a typewriter.

    I found these old pics of Arzley and Lamar in my family tree on Family Search and just had to share.
    How cute is this darling lady in her stylish cat-eyed glasses?

    LOVE!

    Arzley Peterson Losser - About 1962

    via Family Search

    And this one from their 50th wedding anniversary shows what cute personalities they had.
    I love my great uncle’s smile and the softness in Arzley’s eyes. They look like they really enjoyed those many years with each other and that is the sweetest part of the whole photo.

    Arzley and LaMar Losser - January 1985

    via Family Search

    I struggle with the geneology aspect of family history, but I live for the real stuff… the stories, memories, and lives behind the names. There is something about knowing where I came from that makes me feel closer to my family and more confident in who I am. I truly believe with all my being that we are blessed when we turn our hearts to our ancestors.

    No matter what city I live in, when I make this pie filling I feel home.

    Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling
    Print Recipe
    Delicious old time apple pie filling for freezing and canning.
    Servings Prep Time
    6 quarts 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    20 minutes 20+ minutes if processing
    Servings Prep Time
    6 quarts 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    20 minutes 20+ minutes if processing
    Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling
    Print Recipe
    Delicious old time apple pie filling for freezing and canning.
    Servings Prep Time
    6 quarts 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    20 minutes 20+ minutes if processing
    Servings Prep Time
    6 quarts 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    20 minutes 20+ minutes if processing
    Ingredients
    Servings: quarts
    Instructions
    1. Prepare apples: Peel and core apples then slice to desired thickness. I have one brother who likes the slices thick and another family member who likes them thin, it's all personal preference. I like to treat the apples in a bath of Fruit Fresh or pineapple juice while I'm preparing the cinnamon sauce that way the apple slices stay nice and pretty. Once your apples are ready, start on the sauce.
    2. In a large pan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and spices.
      Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    3. Stir in 10 cups of water. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Add lemon juice and food coloring (if desired- I don't like dyes & colorings so I don't add it).
      Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    4. Pack apples into hot jars, leaving 1 inch head space. Fill with hot syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space.
      Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    5. Arzley suggests in her recipe to use a spatula to help pack, but any long handled utensil will work.
      Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}
    6. Canning: Adjust lids aka prepare canning lids by warming them up in water. Process 20 minutes for quarts. Make sure to adjust to your altitude.
    7. Freezing: Ladle into freezer bags or freezer safe jars. Leave at least 1/2 inch head space if putting in jars. Squeeze the air out. I just stick a straw inside the bag then close the zipper as much as I can then suck the air out through the straw. Then I quickly pull the straw out and seal up it up the rest of the way. Then label and freeze.
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    This year, the apple tree in my in-laws front yard was exploding with tangy little fruit.

    My mama and I made 28 quarts of pie filling from these tiny apples.
    This time it was my daughter who was trying her best to turn the crank on the peeler just like I did all those years ago. Makes this 80’s/90’s kid want to belt out “The Circle of Life” but I’ll save that to embarrass my kids in front of their friends later.

    I hope someday my girl looks back and treasures that moment.
    I know I will.

    Great Aunt Arzley's Apple Pie Filling {Gypsy Magpie}

    *Tell me, what childhood recipe do you still love?*

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