Now that fall is here, it’s high time for apple picking in Massachusetts. Many families will venture out this weekend for the joy of picking their own apples, and then coming home to bake that seasonal apple pie.
But did you know there are more than 100 varieties of apples in New England? 100! And while some apple pie bakers who do it just for the joy of the season and the smell of a wonderful pie coming out of the oven on a fall weekend afternoon, don’t give it much thought, each apple is best for something different whether you are making an apple pie, adding them to a salad, making an apple sauce or baking.
The New England Apple Association is a great resource for all things apple in the area, whether it’s identifying a particular type of apple, or for hands-on video on how to bake a pie.
And while the general consensus is Granny Smith or Cortland are the best for making your pies, a look at some well-known, tried and true recipes found the consensus to be similar to what baking diva Martha Stewart uses in her apple pie recipe, which calls for Empire, Granny Smith, Gala, Cortland, Winesap or a mix.
Confused yet? Who can blame you.So help us out - what apples do you use in your apple pie? And feel free to share your favorite recipe, too. All in the comments section below.