The quince season had come to an end, and the fridge was devoid of any fruity goodness to ladle over the morning porridge. The natives were not only restless, but also exceedingly grumpy. Their chant of 'Compote! Compote! Compote!' as they sat in front of their naked oats boomed through the house like the beat of a jungle drum, and only intensified when Jorth, stupidly, suggested that perhaps some sliced banana would do the trick. The glares on their faces told her in no uncertain terms that it would not.
Once the natives had trundled off to school and work, Jorth looked around the house in a panic. "Crumbs!", she thought. "I've no time to do any shopping today, and the fruit bowl is looking awfully bare. Just a few sad apples..." She eyed them speculatively, then headed to the cupboard and fridge and began to rummage around.
Half an hour later, Jorth sat down to a small bowl of brown sugar apples. "Man!" she said, "this is so good that I could eat the whole darn pan!" However, once she realised what the natives would do if they discovered she had, she wisely decided to put the rest away in fridge, ready to appease Grumbles and Galumph with in the morning.
Brown Sugar Apples
5 apples, peeled and cut into 1cm pieces (I used Fuji, but any cooking apple would be good)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sultanas
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 - Melt butter over a medium heat in a saucepan. Add the sugar, then the apples and stir to coat.
2 - Once coated, add the water and sultanas. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 7 minutes or so, until the apples are nice and soft, but still holding their shape.
3 - Add the cinnamon, then serve.
It's great by itself, or on porridge (so the oat eaters tell me, I'm more of a toast girl myself) and could also be used to make apple puffs or pies. Yum!