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Tip 4. Pre-Cook Apples for Sweetness Without Sugar
Why drown delicious apples in sugar? Cooking down a portion of the apples for the filling is a tip that does double-duty. Pre-cooking means that your crust won’t collapse and crack as much while it’s baking (the filling won’t shrink as much if some of it is already precooked). And it concentrates the natural flavors and sugar of the apples, so you don’t have to add as much sugar to your filling.
To do this, simply cook about half the filling mixture in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring, until the apples are tender and beginning to break down, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining uncooked apple mixture, and let cool before adding it to your crust.