With so many varieties of apples to choose from, more than 2,500 varieties in the United States alone – which apple is the right one for baking?
You want an apple with flavor and firmness. A good baking apple will have a tart, acidic flavor and will bake down to a soft consistency but not mushy.
These apples would include the Granny Smith, Braeburns, Johnathon, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious and Honey Crisp.
If the color of the apple isn’t a vibrant red or an even shade of green don’t worry their flavor and crispiness is still the same as a so called first grade apple.
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Baked Apples Apple Pie
5 large apples – mix or match (Granny Smith, Johnathon, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp)
1 8-9 inch pie crust, pre-made or home made
½ cup of sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. butter cut in 8 small pieces
Pre-heat 375 degrees
Core and hollow out 4 apples.
Dice the apple flesh from cored apples, plus the one remaining apple; peeled and cored first.
In a large mixing bowl combine diced apples, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Fill each of the 4 apples with the prepared mix. Place two small pieces of butter in each apple.
Next roll out your pie crust cut into strips and create a lattice on top of each apple, slightly allow strips to lap over sides of apple opening.
Place apples on a 13 x 9 baking dish. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.
Enjoy with a side of real vanilla ice cream
Now try those same raw varieties of baking apples in a salad, like this yummy delicious Apple Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Apple Dressing
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