Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and cook until bubbling, about 1 minute.
Add apples, vanilla bean paste and the pod and saute, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.
Add water, reduce heat to low and cook for an additional minute. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice. Serve warm or allow mixture to cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to store. Compote will last for about 1 week in the fridge.
Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg