Eaten raw, these apples have have a pleasing tart flavor and a crisp, watery texture. The skin can be tough, so it's nice to either peel the fruit before eating or slice it into very thin wedges. Granny Smiths pair well with sharp cheeses, making them a welcome addition to cheese plates and antipasti platters. They are our apple of choice when it comes to making a good Farmers Lunch Sandwich.
But Granny Smiths also put on quite a show in the baking department. They hold their shape well during cooking and their tart flavor balances the sweetness in dessert recipes. Cobblers, pies, cakes, muffins, and tarts are all the better for a Granny Smith in the mix. You can use them all on their own or in combination with other apples for a more rounded apple flavor.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes:
• Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon Streak • Apple Dutch Baby Pancakes • Apple and Parsnip Soup • Farmers Lunch Sandwich • Crispy Turnovers with Apple, Bacon, and Caramelized Onions
Are you a fan of Granny Smith apples? What do you use them for?