- 8–10 medium Golden Delicious apples
- 2½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon salt (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Peel and core all of the apples, then medium dice them (about ¼ inch square). Combine the diced apples with the rest of the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes, using a rubber spatula to constantly scrape the sides and bottom to prevent burning or sticking. If the applesauce starts to bubble and pop too much, turn the heat down to low and add a little bit of water to loosen the mixture, being careful not to let it scorch or burn. You want all of the flavors to slowly caramelize.
When the applesauce is finished, the diced apples should be softened but still hold their shape. If not using right away, spread the applesauce flat on a baking sheet to cool, then transfer to a food safe container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.