Last weekend we picked 2 big bags of apples from my in-laws' overflowing apple trees. Monday I made applesauce which was really simple- apples, water, cinnamon sticks, couple grates of nutmeg and just let it go on the stove for half an hour. Yesterday I made spiced apple rings, super easy and a total jumpstart to fall-winter spices.
Recipe for Apple Rings:
1/2 cup red hot candies
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups water
10 whole cloves
5-6 apples peeled, cored and sliced in rings
Put everything but the apples in a large skillet. Cook and stir until all of the candy and sugar is disolved, then add apples and cook just until soft. I canned mine, but they last quite a while in the fridge too.
I use this to peel, core and slice my apples. You gotta be nuts to do it by hand!