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.