Want to Make a Great Apple Pie? Use These Varieties of Apples

Apple Pie
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It wouldn’t be wrong to say that you can make an apple pie with almost any apple variety. And in most cases, it will turn out tasty. However, if you really want to make a great apple pie, you should put some thought into which apples you want to use.

American chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt recently did an extensive test in which he compared all the popular varieties of apples to find out which one is the best for apple pies in terms of flavor and texture. Here are the winners.


According to López-Alt, Braeburn is a great fit not only for pies but also for tarts and sauces due to its sweetness and “citrusy aroma.” It holds its shape well while baking inside the apple pie and has a crisp texture when you bite into one of the chunks. This variety also comes with great golden color and “pear-like” flavor.

Golden Delicious

When it comes to apple pies, López-Alt argues that nothing tops Golden Delicious. And this result isn’t surprising as it is actually one of the most commonly-used apples for apple pies.

The chef says that the apple has just the right taste combination of sweet and tart, which are beautifully balanced when cooked. It also tastes fresh even when baked and retains its firmness for a perfect bite.