For a few brief months in fall, apples are suddenly abundant. Each firm, ripe fruit is full of delicious potential.
- 1 1/2 pounds apples, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (2 tablespoons)
- Pinch of salt
Combine apples, water, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring and mashing with the back of a wooden spoon, until apples are soft and water is evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes.