March 3, 2009

Apple Brown Betty

Whenever I'm at the store and throw a bag of apples in my cart, I give myself a little mental pat on the back. I mean apples are loaded with fiber and nutrients, not to mention the whole "keep the Dr. away" thing. But, deep down, I know this is not the way the story is gonna play out. Inevitably, I cut them up and top them with cheese or peanut butter. Or I bake them in the oven with butter and cinnamon. Or I make this brown betty. Cause once you make this, well, it's just impossible to be satisfied eating a plain old apple ever again.

We aren't reinventing the wheel here or anything, but this dessert is a classic for a reason. In fact, I'm going to finish off some of the leftovers and continue my day of hibernation. As a girl from FL, I just don't comprehend how anything is supposed to get done when there is snow everywhere. Enjoy!

Apple Brown Betty
Southern Living Best Recipes Vol. 4

8 white bread slices, chopped
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
1 cup apple cider
  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Lightly grease a 8-inch square baking dish and set aside.
  • Place bread in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Stir together bread crumbs and butter.
  • Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Lay 1/2 apple slices in bottom of baking dish and top with 1/2 brown sugar mixture and half of the bread crumbs. Repeat for a second layer.
  • Pour apple cider over top (allow to sit for 15 minutes if desired).
  • Bake for 55 minutes, and let stand for 10 minutes prior to serving.


noble pig said...

I love a brown makes my wheel turn.

Sara said...

This looks delicious, I've never made a brown betty before. I'm going to save this recipe for when my apple tree starts to produce!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum yum - never heard of a brown betty - looks like it'd be great with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Sharon said...

Oh, I just ate an apple but your treat looks so much better than what I had!

Anonymous said...

I must have this wonderful dessert very soon - I love apples and cinnamon and, well, all the ingredients here. Yum!

CookingCourtney said...

that looks too good!!
i loveeee apples and cinnamon

Jamie said...

Love Apple Brown Betty or Apple Crumble. Yummy! And I still think this is the healthiest way to eat apples!

Jennifer said...

Ohhhh the comfort of a good brown betty and vanilla icecream *yum*

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I've heard of this before but never made it or had it. I know my husband would love this.

sugarlens said...

I have never heard of brown betty. It looks a lot like apple cobbler, except with bread. How interesting! Looks yummy!

Maria said...

Looks terrific! I love apple desserts!

veggie belly said...

I always buy a ton of apples and land up juicing them all the time. I will try your recipe, it looks delicious.

Maris said...

This was one of my family's favorite desserts as a kid! Just looking at the picture makes me want some!

Michelle said...

What if...
white bread=whole wheat bread
butter=organic butter
brown sugar=turbinado sugar

Grace said...

i'm such a fan of the brown betty, but you hardly see them anymore! good for you, it looks scrumptious. :)

Kendra said...

Love this and haven't had it in ages :)

Donna-FFW said...

This looks so delicious. I am printing this offto try. We go apple picking each fall and I am going to make this! Im topping with ice cream of course:)

Culinarywannabe said...

Hi Noble Pig - Such a great classic.

Hi Sara - Apple trees?! Lucky girl!

Hi Chef Fresco - Vanilla ice cream is a MUST!

Hi Sharon - Ahh, but your hips will thank you.

Hi 5 Star Foodie - It really hits the spot!

Hi CookingCourtney - Agreed, perfect combo!

Hi Jamie - Healthiest for the soul, that's for sure.

Hi Jennifer - It doesn't get more comforting than this!

Hi Foodie - It is so easy peasy, I hope you will make it!

Hi Sugarlens - It pretty much is apple cobbler, but down south we call it a brown betty.

Hi Maria - At least dessert gets a bit of a health kick. :)

Hi Veggie Belly - I've never heard of juicing an apple before. Apple juice, of course, but I didn't people did that sort of thing at home. Good for you!

Hi Maris - I know so many people that grew up on this. Still just as good!

Hi Michelle - Brilliant! So does this mean I get to eat the whole pan?? :)

Hi Grace - With how much you like cinnamon, I bet you do love these!

Hi Kendra - I think it's time for the brown betty to make a comeback! :)

Hi Donna-FFW - Don't even think about not topping it with ice cream! That would be a sin! :)

Jennifer said...

this is one of my favorite desserts! looks delish!

Anonymous said...

this looks so goooood! i used to love it when they served this in the dining halls, but sadly i dont live in the dorms anymore :(

Leslie said...

LOL..who needs to eat a plian old stinkin apple! Isnt it always better w/ a crumb topping??

Helene said...

This is one of my favorite dessert with lot's of ice cream on top. Looks good.

Olivia said...

This looks way better than the ones that you order in a restaurant...well done. I'm not a huge apple-dessert fan, but after looking at this picture I might be wrong. :)

Dani Spies said...

Apple cobbler/struesel w/ ice cream is SO my favorite dessert ever. Actually anything that' hot and fruity topped with crumbly struessely (is that a word) topping and ice cream will do. Ever notice how the brown betty makes a great breakfast as well?;)

Emily said...

Oh come on! I want and need some apple brown betty right now. Looks fabulous!

Stacey Snacks said...

when can I come over for some dessert?
I am trying to be so good, but you are making it difficult.
I love Brown Betty! but it makes for Fat Stacey!