Step 1 Peel, core and quarter the apples.
Step 2 In a pressure cooker, combine the apples, brown sugar, cider, brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, lemon zest and juice. Lock the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 2 minutes.
Step 3Allow the cooker to release pressure naturally (10 to 20 minutes), then carefully remove the lid. Remove the cinnamon sticks and coarsely chop the apples for a coarse sauce, or puree them in a blender or food processor for a smoother texture. Taste the applesauce and adjust the sweetness and flavorings if desired.
Step 4Set the applesauce aside to cool, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. Taste the applesauce once more (the flavorings will mute a little as the sauce chills) and adjust if desired. This makes about 5 cups applesauce. The applesauce will keep up to 10 days, covered and refrigerated.