A food mill separates the apples from their peels, but allows the rosy color of the skins to remain.
- 1 1/4 pounds red apples (about 4), such as McIntosh or Macoun, unpeeled, cored and quartered
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Cover, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft, 15 to 30 minutes. Pass apple mixture through a food mill fitted with a medium disk.