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Old 05-24-2006, 11:37 AM   #11
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granny smith's wins hands down (imo)
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:57 AM   #12
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Also a perfectly good yummy apple can be made to taste just so so if the crust is tough. I may not be a real cook, but I am picky about a crust. If it isn't flaky, it isn't passing my lips. :) I typically cheat and use a crumb top because it is easier than flinging the crust on top and it never gets tough.....well unless it burns.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #13
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Here, in the states i have been using Granny Smith, but back in Russia there was, though, simular, but much better apple called Antonovka, unfortunatelly it is not available here. That apple was like a dream for an apple pie.
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:59 PM   #14
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I'm a Granny Smith lover too. They have the right consistency and tartness for a wonderful pie.

Charlie, what is this Antonovka apple like?
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:01 PM   #15
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I found this, but need translation. Charlie can you help?
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Oh no, not me, that is either check, or polish or ... well I just do not know.

As far as Antonovka, it is somewhat similar to Granny Smith, but much more versatile.
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Old 05-24-2006, 05:18 PM   #17
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Best Apples

Hi Angie:

this is bigjim, I live here in Fresno ca. This where all the fruits and vegetables
come from. I know you live Iowa, have you ever heard or had a Fuji apple.
I do alot of baking and canning, I won`t use any other varitety of apple other
than a fugi. I might be predjuice, I have a classmate from highschool that
grows them, and he gives me all the ones that are to big to pack and ship.
I can use the fuji apple in any way that a apple can be used. My son Jesse
will take a qt. jar of my applesauce, pour it in a bowl,and top it with some
butter then microwave that until its hot, he will finish that whole qt. fuji
apples are that good. talk to you later. take care and God bless.........
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:22 PM   #18
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Philso, you can make a delicious apple pie with dried apples. That's what my grandmother did when apples were out of season.
I don't have her recipe...she probably didn't use one. But here is one that looks delicious.
http://www.recipesource.com/baked-go...-apples01.html

For years I used Jonathon apples for pies, but now that Granny Smith apples are easily available, that's what I use.
thanks constance - jonagorudo's, which i guess might be jonathan golds, are one of the few good apples available here, and what i usually use. another apple i like is only available for about 2 months or so, called tsugaru. it's nice and tart, but unfortunately not so crispy. fuji apples are also ok, but not as tart as i prefer.

maybe it's for the best that good apples aren't available all year long. otherwise i'd be going through a pie a week and be in the hospital with a heart condition
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