I have to say, this batch was my best applesauce yet. Really, really delicious. Two things I improved upon from last time:
1) I removed the crock from the heating element and set it on a cooling rack as soon as the apples finished cooking. This kept them from overcooking.
2) I included two cinnamon sticks in the apples while they cooked - hmmm. Such good flavor. I really love cinnamon. I include it in almost everything I bake. I top my coffee with it most mornings. Someone told me that it improves memory, but I certainly haven't noticed that benefit.