Seems like it to me.
If you go listen to the "Cider Again" episode of the Jamil show, the guest gives some really good advice on cider making. He never mentioned using apple puree. You would be better off sourcing quality juice from cider apples or the "house" blend from an apple farm.
I know there is some luck using wild yeast to ferment cider, but it comes down to luck unless you are using a cultured strain, or a strain you captured.
In the cider episode, the guest mentions that since cider is a rarity in the US, home cider makers tend to become partial to their brew. Even if it tastes funny. This recipe seems like a "bathtub gin" method at best.