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Washington State Apple Pie


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 496 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


Average Rating:
  • Pat6181
    Oct 28, 2018
    Baked this yesterday, first time I've ever made an apple pie where you cook the apples on the stovetop first. It tasted delicious. I used a combination of spartan and honeycrisp apples. Next time I make it (and there will be a next time!), I'm going to add an additional 1-2 cups of apples. I like a LOT of fruit in my pie!
  • sweetpeamrsc
    Oct 21, 2018
    My whole family loved this pie! I used Northern Spy apples and followed the recipe. This recipe is a keeper.
  • Stephanie
    Nov 14, 2017

    I did not like this pie at all, the apples had very little flavor after the water bath. I will stick to making apple pie the traditional way.

  • Alicia
    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
    Nov 14, 2016

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

  • NanZim
    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
    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
    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
    Oct 26, 2015

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

  • foodieadventures
    Oct 8, 2015

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

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