Just made applesauce. It is so quick and easy, there should never be a reason to not make it. This batch took all of 20 minutes from start to finish, helped along by some mushy Macintosh apples. I wouldn't normally buy or cook with Macs, but I saw the bag of organic Macs at Granville Island yesterday and figured I needed some quick healthy snack food around. Well, they turned out to be bruised and a little mushy rather than crisp (which is really the only reason to buy Macs. That and their perfect apple shape/appearance).
Anyway... Peel and chop the apples. The size of the chunks depends on the structural integrity of the apples: high and you want small chunks; low and it doesn't matter. I used Happy Planet apple-pomegranate-blueberry juice for liquid to start the sauce, though water is fine, and you just need a splash. I added a sprinkling of cinnamon, a sprinkling of cane sugar and the juice from half a not-so-juicy lemon. It would usually take 20-25 minutes to get the apples to sauce consistency, but these guys were practically begging to be sauce-ified. Seriously, in about 7 minutes they were done.
Now I just need to go buy some cute molasses and make that gingerbread I keep going on about (up and to the right).