As part of our Oregon Trail experience the kids made applesauce from dried apples for lunch (with cold biscuits and sausage). It was declared a delicious lunch and the best applesauce ever. Here's how we did it:
3 c dried apples simmered with 3 c water, 1/4 c cane sugar, 1 t. cinnamon. After 20 minutes or so. when the apples are soft, mash them (or puree).
Pretty simple, but a dish they want again, so I'm pleased.