Betty Crocker says: “For the best apple pies, apple crisps and other baked apple items, apples need to be firm enough to hold their shape. We recommend: Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, Newtown Pippin…. Chopped or sliced apples for cakes and sauces can be less firm than apples used in pies. Choose the sweetest variety available for the best flavor. We recommend: Braeburn, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honey Gold, Jonathan, McIntosh.”