Granny Smith: Did She Really Exist?

Granny Smith: Did She Really Exist?
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Granny Smith: Did She Really Exist?

Love Granny Smith apples? So do we. Click through our slideshow to find some of our favorite apple dessert recipes!

Mom's Apple Squares

Traditional recipes for apple squares often use plenty of trans fat˜laden shortening in the crust. We replaced it with a mixture of canola oil and butter and swapped out half the all-purpose flour for whole-wheat pastry flour for a little fiber.

Want the recipe? Click here: Mom's Apple Squares

Free-Form Apple Tart

Sam Mogannam's wife, Anne Walker, usually makes this dessert with Arkansas Black apples—an heirloom variety—from Mogannam's parents' orchard near Sacramento.

Enticed? Try the recipe: Free-Form Apple Tart

Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake

This is one of the best upside-down cakes ever—the maple syrup infuses both the apples and the cake, making the dessert taste like a stack of apple pancakes.

Want to try the recipe? Click here: Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake

Spiced Upside-Down Apple Bundt Cake

David Guas, co-author of the cookbook DamGoodSweet, tops his apple Bundt cake with a nicely salty streusel of pecans and toasted rolled oats. He bakes the streusel on its own to make it extraordinarily crisp, then pats it over the warm cake right out of the oven.

To try this delicious recipe, click here: Spiced Upside-Down Apple Bundt Cake

Toasts with Ricotta and Warm Balsamic-Caramel Apples

This chilled ricotta served over warm apples is the ultimate cozy comfort food.

Want to try the recipe? Click here: Toasts with Ricotta and Warm Balsamic-Caramel Apples

Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards

Using a slightly tart apple, like a Granny Smith or Pink Lady, is key to this frozen-yogurt sundae; sautéing brings out the fruit's sweetness. The crispy, salty cheddar crisps that accompany the sundaes are as good with cocktails as they are with desserts.

Try this decadent apple treat! Click here: Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards

Apple Bread Pudding

In a reality-TV moment that shocked us all, Tre Wilcox of Top Chef Season 3 was eliminated after preparing a dense, dull apple bread pudding in an epic Restaurant Wars. Gail Simmons rescues his recipe by sautéing the apples in brandy and butter, then soaking both them and brioche in lots of vanilla custard before baking.

Try the recipe! Click here: Apple Bread Pudding

Two-Cheese Party Pastries

These savory Napoleon appetizers feature layers of puff pastry with a delicious blue cheese-walnut filling. They're just perfect for your next cocktail party.

Interested in trying the recipe? Click here: Two-Cheese Party Pastries

Apple Strudel

Your family will enjoy the homemade taste and old-fashioned goodness of this apple strudel made in half the time of the traditional version.

Sound delicious? Try the recipe: Apple Strudel

Apple Pecan Pastries

Swirls of flaky pastry are filled with cinnamon scented apples and pecans. A quick dusting of confectioners' sugar and they're ready to enjoy!

Perfect paired with coffee or tea! Try the recipe: Apple Pecan Pastries

Cosmos Apple pie

This is probably the first pie you’ll want to master and luckily it’s also one of the easiest. We like to use Granny Smiths here, since they hold their shape and are tart enough to complement the sweetness and spices.

Try this classic favorite: Cosmos Apple Pie


When a recipe called for apples and not just any apples, but Granny Smith apples, it made us wonder. Who is Granny Smith? In fact, we became so curious that we couldn't let it go. And thus, our quest in search of Granny began. Here is what we found:

Granny Smith is actually a real person. The delicious, light green Granny Smith apple was named after Maria Ann Smith, who, in 1868, found an apple tree seedling growing in her backyard garden. Granny Smith, who lived in New South Wales, Australia, cultivated the tree's apples and took them to the market. The apples gained popularity and eventually spread to New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

Though Granny Smith did have a number of grandchildren herself, she is the only grandmother known worldwide as Granny Smith. Consumed raw, baked or cooked, the Granny Smith apple's sweet and bitter taste always leaves us craving more.

Love Granny Smith apples? So do we. Click through our slideshow above to find some of our favorite apple dessert recipes!

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