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Best Apples for Pie

What do you consider the best apple to use for a really good Apple pie?

By Deborah Schmidt from Temecula, CA

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

The large green baking apples make delicious apple pies. They are a bitter tasting apple but when you use them in a pie they are delicious!

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Around here in Michigan, various friends like the Northern Spys, some of them are paying about $1 per apple for the Spys at an orchard nearby. I found just a few at the grocery store, and I bought a half a peck. They aren't the prettiest apples with the whitish haze on them, but, they are considered the best for baking with it, at least in my area. I've only seen Spys and Honey Crisp apples at the end towards the apple season.

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Here in NY State I like to use empire apples. The Northern Spies are a great apple also. Even here with a long apple season they are only out for about 2 weeks.

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One tip is to not use juicier apples (sweeter). The sweeter the apple the wetter the pie.

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Whichever you use, if you feel they are going to be juicier than you want, mix a tablespoon or two of cornstarch with some of your sugar, and toss with the apple slices. Thickens the juices a bit.

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

I am from Iowa and I like Jonathans. They are more of a tart apple.

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Always use a variety of apples and make sure that at least one is a large granny smith.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

Hands down Granny Smith! The large green apples that can be found anywhere!

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

I am from Michigan and use Northern Spies - they do have a short season, but I think they make the very best pies

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November 7, 20090 found this helpful

Generations of my family have used only Courtland apples. They are sweet/tart and have a bit softer flesh that bakes incredibly well.

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