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A large firm apple that holds its shape well works in this recipe. Rome Beauty is excellent, as are Pippins and Virginia Gold.

This is a rich, moist cake that is a great favorite in the Shelton family. Use any of the Winesap varieties, Virginia Gold, Pippins or other tart flavorful apples in this cake.

This delicious apple tart is courtesy of Virginia James of Charlottesville, VA. Mrs. James prefers Stayman Winesap for this dish, which her husband grew in their small orchard in Charlotteville. Do seek out a tart, winey, well-flavored apple.

This is showy and delicious. It is best the day it is baked, but is very creditable warmed in the oven the next day.  It's divine with Magnum Bonum, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Albemarle Pippin, Winesap and any number of other apple varieties. It is really best in my opinion if you mix the varieties of apples you use in the puree, then feature your most interesting flavor in the whole slices.