Washington State Apple Pie Recipe
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Washington State Apple Pie Recipe

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This pie won Grand Champion in the Apple Pie category at the 1992 Okanogan County Fair. The pie looks traditional, but making your own filling gives it a different flair and great taste. —Dolores Scholz, Tonasket, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 6 cups sliced peeled tart apples (about 5 to 6 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)


  1. In a saucepan, combine the apples, water and lemon juice; cook over medium-low heat just until the apples are tender. Remove from the heat and cool (do not drain).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt; add apples and toss to coat. Place bottom pastry in pie plate; add apple mixture. Cover with top pastry; seal and flute edges. Cut slits in top crust.
  3. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 35-45 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Washington State Apple Pie in Taste of Home August/September 1993, p33

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Alicia User ID: 7366946 257059
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"To answer ukiah: yes, you can cook the apples in a water bath. Cook for approximately 1 hour at 155 degrees F. I reduce the resulting juices to a syrup before adding back into the ingredients."

ukiah User ID: 8938981 256795
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"very good would love to know if I can can this in a water bath? i have lots of apples."

NanZim User ID: 3929200 254747
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"My husband's favorite dessert is apple pie. He declared this one 'very good'. The filling is tender and not too sweet."

Heavens_IL User ID: 58504 246371
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"This has been my go-to apple pie recipe for years. Cooking the apples before baking the pie ensures that there will not be an empty space under the top crust. Sometimes I use a crumb topping for a Dutch apple pie. In summer I substitute 6 cups of peeled, seeded and sliced zucchini to make an "apple" pie. Just add an extra 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and make as directed. No one can tell it isn't apples!"

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 243566
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"this is the only one I now make- it is good every time. I even make the filling and freeze it in a ziplock- to bake later. It is the perfect sweet tart flavor"

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 235666
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"So easy to make! I substituted Splenda brown sugar for regular brown sugar, but otherwise made as directed."

foodieadventures User ID: 8562247 234201
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I made this recipe and my Dad, who hates apple pie, LOVED IT. thumbs up!!"

CanadianJoanna User ID: 5958708 3796
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I have made this a couple of times in recent years to rave reviews. I just returned from a family dinner to which I took a different apple pie. Everyone said it was good, but commented that the other apple pie is the best apple pie ever (referring to this recipe)."

caseykiser User ID: 4361787 3792
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"So good. The only apple pie recipe I use."

westieslave User ID: 1002302 3769
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"I have been making this fabulous pie since you first published it in you magazine. It is the best!"

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