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Butter-roasted Five-apple Applesauce

1/4 cup butter

5 to 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced to measure 7 to 8 cups

1/4 to 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish by placing it in the pre-heating oven. Remove the dish from oven when the butter has melted. Place the prepared apples in the baking dish and, using two rubber spatulas, stir and toss the apples in the butter to evenly coat each piece. Sprinkle the apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon; toss again to coat.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the apples are nicely golden and caramelized. The apples will release quite a bit of juice during cooking. Once the juices cook down, keep an eye on the apples and stir about every 10 minutes from this point on, so that they caramelize evenly and don't scorch on the edges. Remove from oven and serve as an accompaniment to grilled or roasted pork or as an ice cream topper.

The sauce may be refrigerated for several days or frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw and microwave until warm.

Makes about 2 cups.

SAVORY VARIATION: Roast the apples with a tiny bit of sage, and 1/2 cup of chopped onions.