5 pounds apples such as Gravenstein or McIntosh
1 cup apple juice or water
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Peel, quarter, and core apples. In a 6- to 8-quart pan, combine
apples and juice. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce
heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft
when pressed, 20 to 30 minutes In a blender or food processor,
puree apple mixture, a portion at a time. Pour puree into a roasting
pan about 12- by 17-inch size. Stir in brown sugar and granulated
sugar to taste. Mix in the ground cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degrees oven, stirring occasionally,
until butter is thick enough to mound when spooned onto a plate,
30 to 45 minutes.
Serve warm or cool. To store, cover and chill airtight up to 1
month. Or spoon into freezer containers, leaving at least 1 inch
headspace. Cover airtight and freeze up to 1 year.
For a non sugar version, cook Golden Delicious apples in apple
juice and use about 1 cup honey instead of the brown and granulated