What are the best baking apples? Are apples created equal? With apple season in full swing, it’s always hard to figure out which apples work best for what recipe. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Once I really started digging into all the different varieties of apples, I was shocked by just how many there were! I knew of “red” and “green”, but who knew that there so many different apple varieties!
If you’ve been wondering what the best apples for baking are for your upcoming recipes, here is the apple info that you’ve been looking for!
If you are hankering to make your own homemade apple pie or apple dessert, the good news is that there is an abundance of great baking apples to choose from. And who says that you have to choose just one?
Make one pie after another with all these amazing and delicious apple choices. Tis the season to bake, bake, bake! Check out our cookie baking secrets, get those perfect cookies each and every time!
Best Baking Apples Guide
Here is a little cheat sheet so you can know the best baking apples for your dishes and cooking needs!
Jonathan and Jonagold Apples
These apples are typically known for their sweet-tart flavor and sweet-tart taste and are the perfect apple for your pies and turnovers. Plus, they are pretty good to just snack on as well!
If you’ve ever snacked on a Braeburn apple, you know that they are delicious. People buy this variety of apples for homemade applesauce. You can still use this variety for pies and tarts.
Golden Delicious apples can be used in pies, they are absolutely yummy when cooked in a skillet with a bit of butter or coconut oil. Once they are cooked down to where they are softer but still keep their shape, it’s time to sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar to really kick in that flavor. It’s the perfect dessert without guilt! (But if you do want to add some guilt to it, pair up your fried apples with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!)
Known to be a bit tart, they are good apples for pies and applesauce. I would also say it’s a safe wager that they’d make some great caramel apples as well!
Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith Apples are apples that take apple pies from good to great. They are a bit tart apple, so they tend to taste really great as the star of the apple pie. People tend to stay away from using Granny Smith apples as applesauce because it can come out a little too tart for many people’s taste buds.
Gala Apples are quite popular and are good apples to eat fresh, or in pies as well. They have a sweet flavor that stands alone quite well and when added to pies gives mellow sweetness.
Apple Pie secrets to take your pie from good to great
Now that you know the best apples to add to your pies, what about having a few more secrets to totally take that taste from good to great?
- Peel your apples before adding them to the pie. (no one wants to chow down on the apple skin!)
- If you like crisp apples in your pie, cut them into thick slices so that they don’t cook down fully all the way keeping their texture.
- Adding in a bit of butter, nutmeg and cinnamon is always a good idea!
- Just make a plan of topping the crust with butter, cinnamon and sugar. It’s so good and delicious!
- If you’re not a fan of pie crust, leave it off! Who says that your apple pie can’t be crustless?
Now that you know a few apple pie tips, make certain to get planning for your next pie baking day!
What type of apple do you prefer to do all your cooking and baking with?
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