2 LBS apples. For a tart taste, use Pippin or Granny Smith. For a sweeter taste, choose Gala or Golden Delicious.
2 TBSP butter or vegetable oil
1 TSP freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice
1 TSP ground cinnamon
1/4 TSP ground cloves
2 TBSP white or brown sugar
Wash, peel and core apples. Cut into wedges.
Warm the butter or oil in a large pot. Add apple wedges. Cook for 2 minutes over medium-high heat and stir to coat them with the oil.
Add the cinnamon, cloves, and lemon juice. Place a cover on the pot and cook over low heat for about five minutes. Liquid should start to pool in the pot. If it is dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water.
Remove the lid and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. The apples will be tender and starting to disintegrate.
Turn the stove up to medium-high and add sugar. Stir and cook until the sugar dissolves, then taste.
Add more sugar and cinnamon if needed. If desired, add a pinch or two of ground nutmeg. Set aside to cool.
Use a food processor to puree the applesauce.