- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- 12 Fuji apples, about 4 1/2 pounds
- In a large heavy bottomed stick pot combine the apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon if using over low heat. (If using cinnamon, you may need to use a whisk to compete incorporate it into the liquid.)
- Peel, core and slice apples into uniform slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Add the apples into the warmed cider mixture and turn the heat up to medium. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes until the apples are falling apart when pressed with the back of the spoon. When cooked through you can mash with a fork or potato masher for a chunkier paste or allow to cool slightly and blend in the food processor until smooth.