The types of apples that taste best in apple pie include Macintosh, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, and Pink Lady. These apples have both the right consistency and great taste when baked.
Macintosh apples, although crisp when harvested, have a softer texture when baked. These apples are sweet but also a little tangy. Granny Smith apples tend to remain a little more firm when cooked and are tart. Honeycrisp apples, a good alternative to Granny Smith, remain crisp when cooked. Mutsu apples are less tart and have a similar taste to Golden Delicious. Pink Lady apples are on the firmer side and have a balanced combination of sweet and tart flavors.