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The 11 Best Apples for Cooking and Baking

Get ready for fall and find out which apples are best suited for a delicious dessert.

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How to Pick the Best Apple

Not all apples are great for cooking and baking. The best ones will have a balance of intense sweet-tart flavor and will not fall apart or turn into mush once cooked. Which apples are good for sauce, pies, cobbler, etc? Here are a few to consider.

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Rome Apples

Romes are a mildly tart and crisp apple with thick skin. Although you can use them in baked goods, they can be a bit on the dry side. Romes dehydrate well due to the low moisture content. If using this one for pies or cobbler, you will have to add a bit of moisture.

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Gala Apples

This popular fresh-eating apple is renowned for its mild, sweet and juicy flesh. Its natural sweetness complements any recipe and it holds its texture throughout baking, making it a good all around apple.

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Braeburn Apples

These apples are tart, sweet and aromatic. They will work for pies and cobblers as well as applesauce.

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