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Apple Brown Betty

Categories: Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Kids' Favorites, Sweet, Thanksgiving
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

This fruit dessert with a crumb topping dates back to Colonial times

Prep Time: prep 30 mins

Cooking Time: cook 35-45 mins

Serves: makes 4 servings


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2lb ( 900g) cooking apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious
  • 1 / 2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 / 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1 / 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioner's sugar
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the bread crumbs and mix well.
  2. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Slice them and put in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Spread half of the apples in a 9in (23cm) square baking dish. Cover with half of the bread crumbs. Repeat with the remaining apples and bread crumbs.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. If the topping is browning too quickly, reduce the heat to 325°F (170°C), and tent with foil. Whip the cream with the confectioner's sugar. Serve the betty warm, with the cream.
  • prep 30 mins; cook 35-45 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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