Apple Brown Betty

Desserts | Baking, Entertaining | Fruits

SERVES 10 to 12 - START TO FINISH: 15 minutes preparation, 45 to 55 minutes to bake, 15 minutes to cool
Recipe Scoop Apple Brown Betty

Cooking Notes

Use any apple variety except Red Delicious.

Apple Brown Betty

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the baking dish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 pounds (about 4 medium) apples*
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 cups soft white bread crumbs
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13 X 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with butter, and set aside.

Cut butter into 4 pieces, and place in a microwave-safe measuring cup or small dish. Microwave, covered with paper towel, on high, until melted, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.

Squeeze lemon juice into a medium-size mixing bowl. Peel and core apples, and cut into bite-size chunks. Toss apples in lemon juice as you add. When apples are cut, add granulated sugar and stir well. Set aside.

In another medium-size mixing bowl, mix bread crumbs, melted butter brown sugar, and apple pie spice. Stir until most crumbs are coated with butter. (If not all are coated, this is fine.)

Spoon half of apples into buttered dish. Top with half of bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining apples and crumbs.

Bake, uncovered, until apples are tender and top of Betty is crisp and brown, about 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool 15 minutes. Serve in dessert bowls, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Brown Betty

There’s one thing that makes an apple Betty a “Betty” as opposed to a crisp, a fool or a slump. That’s bread crumbs, a fact we find useful when we’re either trying to use up the last of a loaf of bread or when we need a quick dessert from ingredients we typically have on hand.

Apple Brown Betty

Approximate Values Per Serving: 354 calories (43% from fat), 18 g fat (11 g saturated), 55 mg cholesterol, 4 g protein, 48 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 148 mg sodium

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