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Can I Mix Apples in a Pie Filling?

What are the best apples for baking apple pie?

When it comes to apple pie fillings, some apples perform better than others. I always look for apples that are crisp, sweet-tart and juicy. There are many types of apples that fit this description, though, and I often get asked if you can mix different types of apples together in a pie filling. The short answer to this question is yes, you absolutely can mix ... Read More »

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

A slice of warm apple pie is hard to resist, so it’s no surprise that they are one of my top comfort foods. Apple pies do have a few drawbacks, however. They need to be served with a plate and fork, and they’re not always easy to slice up for a big crowd. Since I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, I tend ... Read More »

What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider?

What's the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

Apple cider is generally considered to be cloudy unfiltered juice, while apple juice is typically clear, having had all of the apple solids filtered out of it. From time to time, however, you’ll notice clear juices labeled as ciders and cloudy, unfiltered apple juices on store shelves. There is no official federal definition of what constitutes apple juice or apple cider, which means that there ... Read More »

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados is an apple brandy that is frequently called for in recipes that use apples, such as apple tarts and cakes, because it provides a way to boost the apple flavor of a recipe. The spirit starts with fresh apples, which are pressed into juice and fermented into a hard cider. That cider is then distilled and aged in oak casks for about two years ... Read More »

What is acidulated water?

Acidulated Water

Acidulated water is water that an acid has been added to it, usually lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar. Citric acid and ascorbic acid can also be used. The water is used to prevent the cut skin of fruits and vegetables from browning when they are exposed to air. Recipes often call for tossing apples, avocados or artichokes in acidulated water because these are all ... Read More »

OXO Good Grips Apple Corer

Oxo Corer

You can eat around the core of an apple if you’re having on for a snack, but when you are baking with apples, you will find that you almost always need to remove the core before you start to cook. There are many different ways to remove a core. For instance, you can chop up the apple and slice out the seeds and core with ... Read More »

Oven-Roasted Maple Apples

Oven-Roasted Maple Apples

It is fairly easy to caramelize apples on the stovetop, cooking them in a pan with a bit of butter and sugar until they are browned and tender. I often do this when I want a few apples to top off a batch of waffles or pancakes for breakfast in the morning. But quickly cooking the fruit doesn’t draw out as much flavor as slowly ... Read More »

French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Custard, cake and apples all come together into one spectacular dessert in this French Apple Cake. The recipe was featured in a recent issue of Cook’s Illustrated (Sept/Oct 2012). Often, the test kitchen remakes recipes that I am already familiar with, looking for a better way to approach them. This time, I hadn’t heard of this particular kind of cake before, but it sounded too ... Read More »

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