4 apples, peeled (or, if organic and you like the texture, unpeeled)
Bit of water
1. Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a heavy saucepan with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer until apples are tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and mash with a fork, or potato masher. Let cool before serving.
Notes: This seems really boring I know. But I love a simple, direct applesauce that's not too sweet -- and if your apples are sweet enough you won't miss any additional sugar. However, if you have a hankering for maple syrup-y apples with cinnamon, do this: after cooking, stir in 3 Tb. of maple syrup and one tsp. of cinnamon. Some fresh or ground ginger would be nice here, too.