Make a balanced filling with firm, sweet-tart apples. Try Jazz, Granny Smith, Mutsu, or Jonathan. Better yet, mix a few types for complex flavor.
Crisp varieties will keep their shape and hold fillings as they bake. Four varieties we love: Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Rome, and Braeburn.
Get that spoonable, buttery texture with apples that break down easily, like Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Jonagold, or Cortland.