A local market has a shelf in back where bagged produce is 99 cents. Sometimes it’s a bit ugly, which is fine. Whenever there’s a bag of apples or pears, I get it, and make this (before bed, so it’s ready by morning, and the whole house smells great all night long):
4-5 apples or pears, chopped–experiment with varieties
A couple handfuls of raisins, any color
a thumb’s worth of ginger root
A generous shaking of cinnamon
Water to cover–don’t be tempted to use oj or even apple juice–it’s too acidic and will create mush.
And ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT BE GOOD–I’ve thrown in craisins, dried cherries, frozen berries, cranberries, dried apricots, nutmeg, cardamom, a little molasses or honey.
Crockpot overnight. Discard the ginger chunk.
In the morning or for a snack, spoon the stewed fruit into bowls and top with granola or chopped walnuts, and vanilla yogurt. It also works for dessert with some pretty pecan bits and vanilla ice cream.