Apple Brown Betty

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
20 min
50 min

6 servings

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups stale plain cake crumbs (such as from sponge cake, pound cake, or angel food cake) or soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using 1 tablespoon of the butter, liberally coat a 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish.

In a medium bowl combine the apples and lemon juice and toss to combine.

In a small bowl combine the cake crumbs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves and salt and toss to thoroughly combine.

Scatter 3 tablespoons of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish and top with half of the apples. Drizzle the apple cider over the apples then top with about half of the remaining crumb mixture. Dot with half of the remaining butter. Repeat with the remaining fruit, crumbs, and butter.

Bake until the apples are bubbly and tender and the crumbs are nicely browned, 45 to 50 minutes.

Cool briefly on a wire cooling rack before serving warm, with scoops of ice cream on top.

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    My 10 year old and I made it for Grandpa's 85th Party. We had
    a brunch, easy to serve, very satisfying and
    simple to relax once we got to the gathering.
    I used brown sugar coated gram crackers instead of bread- yummy !!
    Great made with soft (good) bread crumbs. I added more freshly grated nutmeg which gave a nice spicy crusty topping. Nice distinction from the juicy spicy sweet filling. Really good pared with vanilla bean ice cream melting over top. As my parrot Sugar said "Yummy Yummy Yummy"
    While I'm not coo-coo crazy for this recipe, it was a nice change of pace from the regular old apple pie and ice cream. The only thing I found was that the spices (especially the cloves) really stood out and was almost a little too overpowering. I admit I don't measure to an exact science...I eyeball it, so it could be that I just pinched too much in there.
    I did not like it with bread crumbs, cake would be better.
    I'm a sucker for hot apple pie and ice cream, so this was a great twist on it with a dash of holiday spice. Served it with Christmas dinner and it was a hit! :)
    muy excellente
    easy to make
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