12 Great Apples for Baking
These Northern Michigan natives aren't known for their beauty--they have an irregular, lumpy shape and dull green/red color--but they bake like a dream. "They've got great consistency, flavor and bake-ability," Dodd says. They're harder and crunchier than most apples, and have a mostly sweet, mildly tart flavor. Dodd says they're difficult to come by because they're biannual--meaning they only yield a big crop every other year. Your best bet is to get these directly from a grower.