Ok, maybe not a bad apple, but ones sitting on your counter or in your fridge that won't be good for much longer. I always have the highest of intentions of eating all of the fruit I buy, but that seldom works out. This morning, we had four apples and two pears that were on the verge, so in an effort to try something new and not waste I made some apple sauce (with pear)... which was very good.
Apple (pear) Sauce
1 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 c. sugar
Chop apples and pears into small pieces and cook at a slow boil in a covered medium saucepan with water, cinnamon, and sugar until soft; once it's getting soft, if you find you have excess liquid, remove the cover to reduce the liquid until it's no longer runny. Use a masher to mash the sauce to a consistency you like.
Serve warm or cold - it's good either way! I topped it with a sprinkle of cinnamon, mostly because I thought it was pretty. :)
I was using sweeter apples (braeburn and ambrosia), so didn't need much sugar. If you're using a tart apple, you could add a little more sugar to make sure it's sweet enough. The pears were a nice touch, as you could taste them a little, but it was mostly apple-y goodness.
So, if you find yourself in the situation I often do where you'll be throwing out apples soon, I highly recommend this as a quick, tasty, less wasteful alternative.