This recipe is based on my neighbor Rachel's recipe for applesauce. I also got to make use of my shiny new Hannukkah present, the classic tome, Joy of Cooking - which I surprisingly had not owned till now! I used it to get an idea of how much water to put and what other various flavorings I could put.
In the end, I decided to stick with simple cinnamon-flavored applesauce. This made an excellent topping for my latkes last week. And the leftovers made an excellent midnight snack :) The best part of it all is that it's completely unsweetened - because it doesn't need any extra sugar! The particular apple types are sweet enough to not require the addition of any sugar or sweetener.
4 Fuji apples, peeled and coarsely diced (1-inch chunks are fine, but size doesn't matter here)
4 Gala apples, peeled & diced
4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled & diced
1/2 cup water
1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
1. Put apples, water, cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in a pot. Mix well. Cook over medium heat, covered, for about 30-40 minutes or until the apples are soft and mushy.
2. Remove the cinnamon sticks and mash the apples.