A big-ass, locally grown Granny Smith picked up at Tanner's. At $.49/lb a flippin' bargain in this neck of the woods. Of course, when you get big-ass apples you make:
Applesauce. Three pounds of chunked Grannies, 1 cup apple cider, simmer until soft, mash by hand with a potato masher. Yum.
You also make Gordon Ramsay's Caramelized Apple Tart. I don't believe this is the proper name; however, it's the tart recipe from his Three Star Cookbook, sans the homemade ice cream and puff pastry crust. I'm not a huge fan of the commercial puff pastry because of the greasiness of the shortening used to make it so I made my own all-butter pie crust. And, may I say, this is fan-freakin'-tastic.
All so full of yum.