What’s better than biting into a crisp, freshly picked apple? How about a warm slice of homemade apple pie? Or a tart cran-apple martini? Trying to pick the best would be like comparing apples to oranges: simply impossible! One thing is for certain, these super fruits are delicious no matter where they end up. We’ve put together a few helpful tips for choosing the right apple, as well as a handful of our favorite easy apple recipes to celebrate these tasty treats.
How Do I Choose the Right Apple?
There are hundreds of types of apples with a wide range of flavors and textures, but when it comes to baking, you want an apple that’ll hold up under heat. For both sweet and savory dishes, a few popular cooking apples are Granny Smith, Honey Gold, Fuji, Gala and Braeburn. If you’re learning how to make apple pie, it’s important to remember to choose these firmer apples so the apple pie filling holds up. To get the best flavor from your pie, opt for a combination of tart and sweet varieties. The same rule goes for apple cobbler and crisps.
If making a sauce or cake, it’s best to choose an apple or combination of apples that’ll easily break down with heat, like McIntosh, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp. These softer varieties cook down without difficulty. For an even smoother sauce, you can always use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency.
Next time you go to the orchard, remember to grab a few extra apples to put aside for baking and cooking. For more apple inspiration, check out the bonus recipes below or try some of our favorite healthy apple recipes. For everyday meal ideas, head over to our Meal Planning page. For more fall inspiration, visit our Fall Shop.