Posted: January 16 2011 in RecipesSauces & Relishes

9 medium apples (any good cooking apple such as Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Mcintosh or Fuji), peeled, cored and quartered
1 cup water
1/3 to 2/3 cup brown sugar
1 or 2 drops of pure vanilla
¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

In a large pot combine apples, water, sugar, vanilla and if desired, cinnamon.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender, adding more water if necessary.
Remove from heat.  Mash mixture with a potato masher or process in a blender or food processor to desired texture.  Serve warm or chilled.  Before storing in the refrigerator, allow the applesauce to cool.  Stir before serving.

Makes 8 servings