Which Apples Are Best for Baking?

Jan Scott September 14, 2020
Which Apples Are Good for Baking

Would it surprise you to know that Canadians consume more apples than any other fruit? No? Me either. Seeing that they grow from coast to coast and are readily available at almost every supermarket, farmers’ market and u-pick farm around, I’m not surprised that we love them.

Not all apples are good for every type of cooking. In fact, some just aren’t meant to be baked with (McIntosh, I’m looking at you.) So I thought I would put together a little guide outlining the more common apple varieties and what they are best for.

Pie-Making Apples
Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Russet, Fuji, Empire

Baking Apples
Jonagold, Empire, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Nothern Spy, Cortland, Honeycrisp

Applesauce Apples
McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, Empire

Snacking Apples
Empire, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Fuji, Russet

Salad Apples
Cortland, Empire, Gala, Granny Smith, Ida Red, Russet

When baking with apples, keep the following in mind:

  • 3 medium apples are equal to approximately 1 pound
  • 1 medium apple yields about 1 cup of apple slices
  • To make an apple pie you’ll need 8 to 9 medium apples
  • 1 bushel is equal to 42-48 pounds

What is your family’s favourite apple variety, and how do you like to eat it?


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