24-28 fresh apples, cored, peeled and cut in pieces (I like Gala or Yellow Delicious)
1 cup apple cider or water
4 teaspoons cinnamon
½-1 cup pure maple syrup (based on sweet preference)
Peel, core and cut 24-28 apples (approximately tennis ball size). Sprinkle apples with fruit fresh while filling the crockpot. Place half the apples in a 6 quart crockpot and pour ½ cup of apple cider over them. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Add remaining apples, sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon and then slowly pour maple syrup over apples. Turn crockpot on low and simmer 6-8 hours. Allowing the apples to cook longer than 8 hours will make Apple Butter! (Optional: after simmering 6-8 hours use submersion blender to make the applesauce smooth).