4-6 lbs. apples
1 c. water or apple juice
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 stick cinnamon
1-2 tsp. ground cardamom or 3-4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 tsp. whole or ground cloves
1-2 tsp. ground ginger or 1 T. fresh ginger
1 star anise cluster
1. Core, peel (if desired), and dice apples and place in a large stock pot with water (or apple juice), brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and star anise. Cover and simmer over medium heat until apples are soft (~30 minutes), stirring occasionally. Uncover and simmer for another 10-15 minutes to reduce liquid.
2. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise cluster (and caradmom pods and whole cloves, if used). Mash with a potato masher (if desired).