Delicious Eats

American Apple Pie

A Note from recipe contributor Mary Mattern, Author of Nom Yourself:

“This is by far my favorite dessert. Put a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream on top and you are good to go. My grandmother taught me to use thick apples growing up, but I prefer to use thinly sliced apples. It gives you a lighter and more tart-like pie.”



1½ cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more to dust the pie tin

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup vegan margarine

¼ cup ice cold water


Pie Filling

5 apples of your choice, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced

Freshly squeezed juice of ½ medium lemon

1½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

½ cup (packed) organic light brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix the flour and sea salt together.
  3. Add the vegan margarine and mix by hand until the mixture forms into big crumbles.
  4. Add the water one tablespoon at a time until the pie dough is firm.
  5. Roll the dough into a ball and place it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. To make the pie filling: In a large bowl, mix the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  7. Dust a 9-inch pie tin with flour. This will keep the bottom and sides of the crust from sticking. Do not use margarine to grease the tin (it will give you a soft bottom crust).
  8. Place the piecrust in the center of the pie tin and push to form the shape of the pie tin. Press the dough evenly so the piecrust is a uniform thickness. You can roll it out as well, but I just find shaping it less time-consuming. Cut away any excess dough.
  9. Place the apple mixture in the piecrust and spread it evenly.
  10. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 40 minutes to make sure the crust isn’t burning.

Note: When you are cutting the apples, squeeze the lemon juice over them in the bowl to keep them from browning. Serve with vanilla coconut ice cream and garnish with fresh mint.

YIELD: 8 Slices of pie


Reprinted from Nom Yourself by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2015, Mary Mattern