American Apple Pie
Prep Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Mary says, "This is by far my favorite dessert. Put a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream on top and you're 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."
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Mary Mattern
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour (plus more to dust the pie tin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
Pie Filling
  • 5 apples of your choice (cored, peeled, and thinly sliced)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (packed) organic light brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the crust:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and sea salt together.

  2. Add the vegan margarine and mix by hand until the mixture forms into big crumbles.
  3. Add the water one tablespoon at a time until the pie dough is firm.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball and place it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
To make the pie filling:
  1. In a large bowl, mix the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

  2. Dust an 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).
  3. Place the pie crust in the center of the pie tin and push to form the shape of the pie tin. Press the dough evenly so the pie crust is a uniform thickness. You can roll it out as well, but I find shaping it less time-consuming. Cut away any excess dough.
  4. Place the apple mixture in the piecrust and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 40 minutes to make sure the crust isn't burning.
Recipe Notes

~When you are cutting the apples, squeeze the lemon juice over them in a bowl to keep them from browning.

~Serve with vanilla coconut ice cream and garnish with fresh mint.

*Recipe credit: Mary Mattern. Reprinted with permission from Mary and Penguin Random House.



Nutrition Facts
American Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.