• 4 pounds apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup apple juice, cider or water
  • Honey, brown sugar or maple syrup to taste


Quarter the apples and the lemon. Place in a heavy pot with the cinnamon sticks. Add apple juice, cider or water.

Cover, bring to a boil, and then simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally to turn the apples and making sure they do not stick. You may want to add some liquid. Cook about 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Remove cinnamon sticks.

Put the sauce through a food mill and adjust seasoning by adding honey, brown sugar or maple syrup to taste.

Copyright Joan Nathan.