Almost any apple you buy right now is going to taste delicious, but not all of them are great for baking. As a recent article in the Boston Globe points out, some turn to mush as soon as they hit the heat of the oven. They have some tips for picking the right ones.
The Globe’s list includes eleven apples ideal for baking. They run the gamut from sweet to tongue-twisting tart, so there’s something for everyone.
Among the apples that you’ll find at the grocery store, the Globe recommends Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, and Cortlands. Honey Crisp has actually become our apple of choice for both eating and baking. It’s crisp and juicy, and the flavor is nicely balanced between sweet and tart. Yum!
We’d love to seek out some of the less common varieties at farmers markets and local u-pick orchards. The red-skinned Baldwin is apparently “centuries old” and the Rhode Island Greening is described as “hard and tart.”
• Get the List! Baking Apples from the Boston Globe
What’s your favorite apple variety for baking?
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