Combine all ingredient in the order given in large, heavy pan; simmer very gently 2 hours; stirring occasionally. When cold, turn into jars, cover tightly, and keep in cool, dry place. This will keep 6 months. Sufficient for five 9-inch pies.
If you want brandy or sherry, it can be poured through slits in top crust for added flavor. Lattice pies work best for this. Use 3 tablespoons of liquid. Allow to sit 3 or 4 minutes.