What's better than apple pie? Nothin! Start with apples that are naturally sweet and soft. I like golden delicious or grimes golden. If you start with naturally sweet apples you will have less added sugar in the pie. I don't use Granny Smith, mainly because I don't like the tart, hard nature of them. I make apple pie the way my granny made them, with the exception of using store bought crust and Splenda instead of sugar. If you wanna use sugar, feel free. Pile the apples high in your pie as if will settle just after removing from the oven making a thick, dense, juicy apple pie.