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The best apples for apple pie

Updated on November 10, 2010
best apples for apple pie, kevin p,
best apples for apple pie, kevin p,

An out of this world apple pie requires an out of the ordinary apple, it is just simple as that. If you are planning to make an apple pie to die for, you cannot go to the market and pick any average apple. It takes a certain type of taste and texture to give your apple pie the right texture, and it takes a certain type of tartness and sweetness to give your apple pie the right flavor. So which apples are the best candidates? We will look them over together.

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The Best Apples for the Best Apple Pie

It certainly takes an extraordinary apple to make an out of the ordinary apple pie. In order for your apple pie to have the right texture, you need to stay away from apples that are too soft. If your apples are too soft, they will not be able to keep up with the stress of being cooked and will quickly turn into a mushy mess that will resemble more apple sauce than an apple pie filling.  Apples to avoid are therefore those that tend to fall apart easily like the McIntosh, Gala and Cortland apples, which on the other hand, can be great for apple sauce.

When it comes to flavor, a certain level of tartness will help since the pie already contains sugar. You do not want you pie to be too sweet it almost hurts your teeth. You may want to stay away from the famous Red Delicious apples as many times they do not have much flavor despite their promising name and are not really the perfect baking apple due to their texture.

Granny Smith apples make great apple pie. They are moderately sweet, with the right degree of tartness, and have a great texture which makes them ideal for baking. If you want to add a touch of sweetness, you can throw in some Golden Delicious for a nice combination. Other great apples to choose from are Jonathan, Jonagold and Pippin apples which offer a nice mix of tart and sweet flavors. If none of these are available, other crsp and sturdy apples to choose from are the Gravenstein,  Rome Beauty, Braeburn, Fuji and Pink Lady Apples.

Sometimes the best pies use a combination of the best apples. If you happen to visit a local farmer's market, pick a combination of the above apples and try them in your next apple pie. The combination of flavors and textures may make the most amazing pie filling. Their peak freshness will also certainly contribute in the making of your best holiday pies.


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      7 years ago

      Apple pies demand Northern Spy apples. Of course they aren't available until after the first frost has nipped them, usually November! Substitute a combo of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious when Spies aren't available.

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      I also like using Pippins, but they are on the shelves for such a short time...they're tart/sweet, firm and delicious. Thanks for a very informative hub.

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      8 years ago

      Apple is one of the best fruit to make a pie from. Thanks for these great cooking tips and ideas. By the way, I found another exciting iPhone application for food lovers like us. It's really fun to have this. Till next time. Enjoy the food!

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      Linda Todd 

      8 years ago from Charleston

      Thanks for this hub about the best apple pies. I think you might add that some people just know how to bake and some don't. I tend to be one who isn't all that great. But, I love apple pie and ice cream....thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      YUM!!! Thanks for the very good hub that definitely made me hungry for some homemade apple pie!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I have never been a baker, I am a good cook and I have always wanted to bake apple pie. Thank you this awesome and well informed hub, this is something I will want to try.

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      8 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Very helpful! I actually like to use McIntosh apples, although I usually combine them with Granny Smiths.

      Rated up!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love baking with apples. This is a good guide to help people get the right type of apple for their recipes!


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