All-American Apple Pie

By David Glasser

Time: 1 hour

The sweetness of dessert draws a sharp contrast to the bitterness of politics. While political division consumes a growing portion of our lives, and jeopardizes relationships with friends and family, something as simple as a shared dish can bring unity.

Our principles and party affiliations might not align, but Americans can still come together around something that all of us enjoy: apple pie.

There is no dish that is as American as apple pie. It is no wonder that this delectable dessert brings those of all political stripes together, particularly during the holiday season. As we Pause Politics, let us put aside our ideological divisions and unify through our common enjoyment of the sweetness of apple pie.


  • About 5 cups thinly sliced apples (peeled and cored), 8-10 medium apples

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

  • Double pie crust

  • 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water

  • Granulated or chubby sparkling sugar (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, add the sliced apples. Sprinkle with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt and toss gently to combine well.

  2. Roll out and place uncooked pie crust in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.

  3. Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell. Place the small pieces of butter on top of apple mixture.

  4. Top with a second pie crust, crimp the edges, and then cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent.

  5. Mix the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water together in a small bowl and then brush the top with water and sprinkle with sugar before baking.

  6. Bake at 450 for the first 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

  7. If the edge of the crust starts to brown more quickly than the center, carefully cover the edge with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.

  8. Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before serving. Can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. Enjoy!

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