Place the peeled, cored, quartered and chopped apples in a large pot. Add the water, lemon juice, sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. Stir well. Bring to a boil on high heat, then turn to low and cover. Maintain a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and cooked through.
Once fully cooked, remove from heat. For a chunky applesauce, mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher. For a smooth applesauce, add to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (if using a blender, work in batches and allow time to cool).
Delicious served warm or cold.
I used Pink Lady apples for this recipe because that is what I had laying around. Other recommended apples are Granny Smith, Mcintosh, Fuji, Gravenstein, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious. Or, even better, you can always mix and match!You can adjust sugar amount according to personal preference. As I don't usually love lots of added sugar (unless we're talking cookies or cake), I will probably cut the sugar in half next time I make this recipe. Of course, Pink Lady apples are known for being sweet, so perhaps my opinion will change with a different apple.Makes approx. 1.5 quarts