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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!