Apricot Applesauce

15-18 medium New England apples

1/2 c apple cider

1 c apricot preserves

2 T butter, melted

1 T lemon juice

1 t cinnamon

1 t vanilla (optional)

Core apples, cut into quarters.

In large, covered pot, place apples and cider, and cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes, until apples are soft, stirring occasionally.

Set a large food mill over a large bowl and strain apples.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Cool before serving.

Adapted from Uncommon Gourmet by Ellen Helman