4 to 5 large tart apples, peeled and diced
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown or white sugar, start with a 1/4 and go from there
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1-1/2 cup water
Combine all the ingredients in a pot and simmer until most of the water evaporates, about 25 minutes. If you like the applesauce smooth and without chunks, add a little more water and cook a little longer. Mash to desired consistency.
*** For a slightly Indian flavor add a ½ teaspoon ginger and ½ teaspoon cumin. It will still taste sweet but also gives it a little flair.