This is one of those times that I have a brilliant idea that turns out to be delicious. I was making applesauce for dinner when I remembered that I made caramel apple butter a couple years ago and a light bulb went off in my noggin. I could make caramel applesauce! It would be wonderful! The heavens would shine down and the angels would sing! OK, maybe not that last one, but it was pretty good.
Here is the ridiculously simple method:
Peel, core and roughly chop 6 apples. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add enough water to cover and set on medium-low heat. Give it a stir once in a while and keep mashing it down with a potato masher or a fork. Keep an eye on the water level and just simmer it until it is soft and applesauce-like.
I think these 6 (smallish) apples took about 30-45 minutes to cook down, I wasn't really timing them and I kind of cheated and cranked up the heat to medium for a while. This is such a nice change from plain applesauce!