Best Apples for Baking

A combination of sweet and tart apples works best in pie. These six varieties, all of which retain their shape when cooked, were our favorites in kitchen tests.

| TYPE | FLAVOR | DESCRIPTION | | --- | --- | --- | | Golden Delicious | Sweet | Sweet with buttery undertones. | | Braeburn | Sweet | Takes on a pear-like flavor when baked. | | Jonagold | Sweet | Similar to Golden Delicious, but more intense. | | Granny Smith | Tart | Vibrantly tart. Held shape best. | | Empire | Tart | Strong, complex, cider-like flavor. | | Cortland | Tart | similar to the Empire, but more tart than complex. |

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