So apparently Christmas is the holiday on which EFL students in China give their teachers apples, the less flavorful (Red "Delicious," anyone?) the better. It got to the point that I had a small mountain of apples in a corner of my kitchen, and that's when I started looking at applesauce recipes! The following is a quick and easy one adapted from this recipe.
7 to 8 medium-sized apples (cored and chopped)
1 1/2 cups of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of *cinnamon (if desired)
Lemon juice (1 small lemon)
Lemon zest (1 small lemon)
*I like cinnamon applesauce, but it's not everyone's cup of tea!
1) Lord, bless!
2) Place everything in a **large pot and bring to a boil.
3) Simmer, covered, over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes until tender.
4) Mash and add more [white] sugar if desired.
5) Serve - or chill and serve, or chill and use for baking, or whatever! - and enjoy!
**I currently do not own a large pot (woe is me, I know!), so I had my pot with half the required water already heating while I chopped the apples - that way they had a chance to cook down and, in the end, fit (just barely) in the pot.