Orchard ApplesaucePhoto Credit : Steven Vote
This homemade applesauce recipe is great eaten straight from the jar, or pair with grilled pork chops or potato cakes.
8 assorted apples (mix of any varieties)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup sweet apple cider
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons apple or pear brandy (optional)
Peel and core apples; cut into big chunks. In a medium-size saucepan, toss apples with lemon juice. Add cider, sugar, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon. Mash to the consistency you prefer. Stir in brandy. Cool to room temperature; then cover and refrigerate.