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Washington State Apple Pie Recipe

Washington State Apple Pie Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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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!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 2434
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"This was the best apple pie I've ever made. I believe that taking the extra step to cook the apples just enough was the key to this recipe. The apples were still in tact but they were soft and delicious, and the crust was perfect in the 35-40 minute cooking time. I did not start at 450 for 10 minutes because I don't like my crust to be too brown."

sonyamgl User ID: 5560844 3789
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"p.s. I used 2 tablespoons of apple juice instead of water and I dotted with 2 tablespoons of butter before covering with top pastry."

sonyamgl User ID: 5560844 4462
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I baked this recipe for the first time at a harvest fair entry in an apple pie contest. I won first place with rave reviews!! Absolutely delish!"

dwoodroof User ID: 1578501 2413
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"I make this pie every chance I get or any time there are some apples just sitting around. I love a hand made crust so I just use my own recipe for that. The filling I use goldens they hold up ok and taste devine. My family and friends just love this pie. Try it you'll find it's almost impossible to mess up."

peach08 User ID: 163203 7697
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2008

"I made this for a bbq cookout last fall and it was a hit! I cheated and used a store-bought refrigerator pie crust (I am scared to make one from scratch after my first diaster!). The filling is sweet and warm...just like apple pie ought to be!"

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