1-2 tablespoon sugar, honey, maple syrup or other sweetener
Line a large baking sheet with foil (to make clean-up easier), lightly oil or spray the foil, and sprinkle with a small amount of cinnamon (optional, but makes the kitchen smell wonderful). Use approximately 6 large, 8 medium or 10 small apples. (The amounts in this recipe are very flexible. Also, consider doubling the recipe - you'll end up with twice as much applesauce for only a little bit of extra work.) You can use all one type of apple or a combination of 2 or 3 types - whatever you have on hand. Wash apples, cut in half, and place cut side down on baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size and type of apples. The apples will be very soft when fully cooked.
Remove apples from oven and cool slightly. Place them (carefully, they will be hot) into a food mill set over a large bowl or pot. Add any liquid from the baking pan. Add 1/4 cup apple juice or cider, 1 T. sugar or other sweetener, and 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon. Process the apples through the mill, adding additional juice/cider, sugar/sweetener and/or cinnamon as needed. If the applesauce is too sweet you can add a bit of lemon juice. If it's too tart add a bit more sugar/sweetener. Serve warm or cold. Store in refrigerator.