Combine the apples and water in a large kettle. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, until apples are soft. Pass through a food mill. Combine strained applesauce with remaining ingredients in a clean kettle. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cook gently, uncovered, until mixture becomes quite thick, at least two and a half hours, stirring often. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.
Makes about 2 quarts. Enjoy.