If you want to make a great pie, you’ve got to start with the right apples. After years of careful evaluation (basically, making, sharing, and eating delicious homemade apple pies), I have determined the best apples to choose for baking pies.
If you would like more, there are a variety of apple recipes here.
What Makes an Apple Good for Pies
Taste is so subjective and personal (and I do not wish to write poetic descriptions about the various flavours and distinctions), but there are three essential traits for successful pies:
1) Not too juicy (or the pie goes mushy)
2) Apple pieces hold their shape after baking
3) Apple is still flavourful after baking
Before you ask why I didn’t (perhaps) include your favourites on the list, know that there are over 7500 cultivars of apples. And no, I haven’t tried them all though I do try as many varieties I can.
I’ve narrowed down my selections to apples grown here in Ontario.
Best Apples For Baking Pies
- Golden Delicious
- Northern Spy
I like to combine 2-3 varieties in pies and apple sauce.
Apple peeler – Amazon.com
Best All-Round Apples
There are two varieties that work for everything: eating fresh, fruit salad, pies and other baking, apple butter, and apple sauce:
Many people choose Honeycrisps as their favourite fresh eating apple, but my vote goes to Jonagolds. They are perfection (subjectively speaking).
Fresh, Healthy, Delicious Apple Recipes
I’ve never actually posted my favourite apple pie recipe, but here are other favourite apple dessert recipes—two with no added fat or sugar so they’re healthier choices than pie!
- Apple Cookies recipe | gluten-free, sugar-free, healthy snack
- Apple Sauce recipe | one ingredient, totally delicious
- Apple Crisp recipe | a fall dessert treat
- Best Recipes | top apple recipes from salads to crisps
If you have any faves to share (or a must-try recipe), please let me know.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛