Best Apples For Eating & Baking

Best Apples For Eating & Baking

I don’t think I’ll be making it up to Fishkill Farm (pictured above in Fall of ’09) to pick any apples this year, sadly enough, but that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge my annual obsession with McIntoshes anyway.

So…which to buy for what?

My favorites for eating: McIntosh, Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Cortland

My favorites for baking: Empire, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gala, Braeburn, Cortland, Winesap (I like combining a mix of several varieties in a single pie; it makes for more interesting flavor and texture)

Did I miss any that you’re a particularly big fan of? What about applesauce? (I like McIntosh or Gala.)

Click here for my Unscrewupable Apple Pie recipe, and here for the how-to video.


  1. Gala apples are my favorite — they’re sweet but still have that bit of tartness to them.

    And thanks for recommending Chauntelle. She’s awesome.

  2. I’ve been googling this question, but have yet to find a satisfactory answer.  Maybe you can help…  Can you make candy apples (not caramel, but the hard cinnamon-flavored sugar syrup-based candy) with apple slices instead of whole apples?  I had an idea for a neat homemade Christmas gift idea, but I’m not sure if it would work or not.  If oxidation is the only concern, that’s easily prevented with a little lemon juice.

    You just seem like you really know your apples.  =)

    • hmm…i wish i could help you, but i’ve never tried my hand at candy-making, so i don’t want to steer you wrong. try asking alejandra of always order dessert ([email protected]) – she’s a great resource when it comes to sweet stuff.

  3. oh good – i’m so glad you were able to get in touch! she’s really fantastic.

  4. Honeycrisp are my fav for eating too!

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