January 18, 2012
6 to 8 McIntosh apples
1¼ cups boiling water
¾ cup sugar
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
3 lemon wedges
8 to 10 prunes (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Peel apples and cut each one in half, removing the center core and seeds.
3. Place boiling water and sugar into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch Pyrex dish and stir until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add all remaining ingredients, spreading them as flat as possible. Cover well with foil.
4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes (apples should be mushy when done). Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon wedges and refrigerate until ready to serve.
NOTE: If you prefer less-sweet applesauce, reduce the amount of sugar to ½ cup.