I perused a few recipes online and decided on this one from Food Network. It seemed like most recipes were almost exactly the same: peel and core a bunch of apples, cook them in sugar, lemon juice and pie-type spices, then blend them in a food processor or food mill (a kitchen item I don’t actually have!).
I liked this recipe for the addition of apple cider, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks. Although next time I would eliminate the brown sugar. The sugar from the cider is plenty for sweetness.
Though the peeling and chopping took some time, I was impressed by how easy it was to make my own applesauce. Just like the caramel apples, it would make a great take-away gift, poured into a cute jar and tied up with ribbon.