3 lbs. apples cored and quartered (the original recipe suggests McIntosh apples)
1 cup apple cider
1 tsp cinnamon red hot candies
¼ cup sugar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Directions: In a large covered pot such as a Dutch oven, combine the first three ingredients. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat. Let it simmer, partly covered, for about 20-30 minutes until the apples have softened. Stir the apples frequently with a wooden spoon as they simmer to help the apples break down. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 5 minutes to thicken the mixture slightly. If you would like a smooth applesauce, run this mixture through a food mill. For a chunkier texture, simply use a fork to remove the apple skins.
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