Best Cooking Apples for Crumbles, Pies & Cakes

Throughout the year, there are many different delicious seasons that we in the UK get the chance to enjoy. But for some reason, I always look forward to the end of summer for one particular reason; apple season. Around August time, apple season kicks in to full effect, and we get the chance to enjoy an abundance of different varities of cooking apples. But is there a perfect apple, or are many of them the same?

If you’ve not eaten many cooking apples before, then you’re unlikely to be able to tell the difference between the different types of cooking apple. But, there definitely is a difference between them and some of them are better than others.

So, let’s have a look at some of the best apples that you’ll find. Whether you’re looking to make a cruble, cake, pie or something else, here are some of the better award winning options that you should consider for cooking apples.

Arthur Turners

Arthur Tuners are some of the best cooking apples that you’re going to find – they generally come into season between September and November, so keep your eyes (and your apples) peeled.

They’re relatively large if you compare them to other cooking apples, so they’re definitely worth considering. Though sometimes people assume large apples to have a lack of taste, this isn’t the case with AT’s – they’re some of the most flavorsome cooking apples around.

Arther Turner’s have been around since the early 1900s, and they also make a pretty good choice if you’re looking to grow your own apples, too.


Sometimes, people turn there nose up at Bramley’s because they’re a household name and they’re the most common form of cooking apple. But, there’s a reason that they’re most popular – they’re pretty darn good.

You’re going to find Bramley’s in the majority of supermarkets in the UK, and it’s worth looking out for sales on them around the start of the year. Although they’re available the whole year round, you’re more likely to find them at cheaper prices at these peak times. Of course, Bramleys are known for being some of the biggest cooking apples around too.

The Bramley is one of the oldest apples in England, with the first tree planted more than 200 years ago.

Blenheim Orange

You’re hard pressed to find apples that are older than the Bramley, but pretty impressively the Blenheim Orange is even older, with it’s origins dating back to the mid 1700s. Of course, it gets it’s name from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, which many consider to be the real palace that the show Downton Abbey is based on.

The Blenheim Orange itself is another good option for a cooking apple, but it isn’t as prevalently available as some of the others so you’ll need to search for it towards the beginning of the season if you want it as a cooking apple, or the end of the season as an eater.

James Grieve

The Jame Grieve is considered to be Scotland’s pinnacle of the cooking apple. If you like particualrly juicy aples – ideal for cider – then you should definitely consider trying out the James Grieve variety.

They’re particularly good around the end of the year (start of the cooking season), and they are definitely an apple that you’re going to want to try. They’re not as easy to get your hands on down in England, but if you can get your hands on them then you’ll definitely want to give them a go.


If you like a sharper tasting apple, then you might want to consider opting for a Grenadier. It’s perfect if you like to make more tarter apple recipes, or if you’re looking to make a good Apple fool. The Grenadier is really sharp and flavorful, so if you’re looking for something a little tarter then the Grenadier can be an awesome option.

A Grenadier is also another really good option if you’re looking for something that you can plant as a tree, as their apples are particularly easy to harvest.


Overall, these are just come of my favorite cooking apples. I have used others, but these are ones that I’ve used time and time again for a variety of different cakes and crumbles. So, if you’re looking for a good cooking apple then you can rely on any of the ones that I’ve listed!


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