(I keep using recipe in quotations because it's hardly a recipe, and more just a process.)
-apples (I prefer honeycrisp, but any similar apple is fine, ie- gala, jonagold, fiji, etc)
-a little water
-cinnamon, if you like
-maple syrup (or sugar)
(for all of the above ingredients, amount used will vary depending on how much applesauce you're making, if you like cinnamon, how sweet you want it, etc)
I used 5 largeish apples, and cut them into small chunks. I leave my apples unpeeled. If you prefer, peel 'em. I put about a 1/4 cup water in a medium sized pot and added the apples, with heat on medium. (many recipes call for more water, but your apples will produce a lot of water as they cook down. I guess if you want juicier applesauce, use more water.)
Sprinkle with cinnamon, if you want. I used about 1/2 a teaspoon. You can use more or less, depending on your preference. Sprinkle with salt, about 1/2 a teaspoon. Drizzle with maple sugar, anywhere from 3-6+ tablespoons. If you like sweeter applesauce, use more. Also, the more cinnamon you use, the more maple sypu I'd recommend, because the cinnamon without sweetness is overly spicy on the apples. And we're talking real maple syrup, NOT the pancake stuff.
Stir your apples to evenly distribute the cinnamon, salt and maple syrup. Cover with a lid, and cook on medium for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. When you can tell your apples are getting soft, remove from heat and it's time to mash.
I use a potato masher because I like my apple sauce chunky.
If you want less chunks, I'd recommend using a food processer or immersion blender to get a finer puree.
Eat it warm, if you're into that, and then store in the fridge. So delicous!
Seriously, if you've never made your own applesauce, try it! It's so much better than Motts!
(and the recipe without all my commentary)
Cut apples into chunks. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized pot. Cook on medium for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft. Mash or blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!