• 8 apples, pref. Gravenstein, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
• 1/2 cup water
• Sugar, to taste
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
Combine apples and water in heavy-bottomed pan.
Place over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally. When apples begin to get tender, add sugar to taste but be sparing until apples mash easily--that's when you can tell just how sweet you want the applesauce.
Add lemon juice and cook until applesauce is ready to be mashed with fork.
Remove from heat and add lemon peel. Mash with tines of fork, leaving some coarse texture.