A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don't like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour; you have to add your own!
1. Put apples, brown sugar and cinnamon into a large saucepan and add a large splash of water. Cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to a simmer over a high heat. Turn the heat down and simmer until the apples are very soft, about 20 minutes. Puree in a food processor or with a food mill. You may also mash them with a potato masher for a coarser texture.