Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Apple Brown Betty

I love a good apple dessert. My mom has made some great pies and crisps that are stuck in my memory.

I've been craving them for weeks.

Months actually, since it started as a pregnancy craving.

And Noah is now 3 months old.

I won't settle for a "fake" apple pie. By "fake", I mean with canned apple pie filling. Whoever invented it disgraced the whole concept of apple pie.

In the middle of my apple pie thoughts, I came across this recipe. I'd never even heard of an Apple Brown Betty. But I had semi-stale wheat bread and bruised apples sitting around that were calling my name.

Do not make this if you're the only one around to eat it.

You will gain 5 lbs.

It's that good.

Cost: Home
Convenience: Home
Taste: Home
Health: Home (although all that butter and sugar probably cancel out any benefits of wheat bread and apples!)
This homemade apple dessert melted in my mouth! I had had doubts about how bread crumbs would taste, but I was proved wrong. The carmelized apples and crispy bread combined perfectly. I stood over it with a spoon. I loved how easy it was to throw together and its use of basic ingredients. Fast, easy, semi-healthy, delicious, using common ingredients? It doesn't get any better.

Apple Brown Betty (4-6 servings, 1 hour)

3 apples, peeled and sliced
7 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 1/4 c brown sugar (divided)
1/2 c butter (plus some for greasing pan)
4 TB water
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease pie pan with butter.
2. Layer the brown sugar, apples, and bread. Do this by sprinkling 1/3 c brown sugar in pan, topping with 1/3 of your apples, and then sprinkling 1/3 of the bread on. Do it 3 times.
3. Slice butter and place slices all over the top.
4. Sprinkle with water and 1/4 c brown sugar.
5. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil for last 5-8 minutes. Take out when top is browned and crisp. Serve hot.

*Amounts can be approximated - use up to 1/3 c brown sugar for each layer and 3/4 c butter on top if you want
*Best served hot with whipped cream or ice cream
*Don't be afraid of cubing your bread. Just stack it up and cut it up. It doesn't need to be neat.

My inspiration (Go here! Great pictures and step-by-step instructions. Note: I decreased the amount of butter and sugar from this recipe.)


  1. I am excited to try this recipe. It sounds easy and delicious!!!!

  2. This looks so good! I never would have thought of using bread for this. How creative!

  3. ITS IN THE OVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahaha...we had fun making it. It was easy and simple! Hopefully it tastes wonderful! We'll let you know! YUMMY!!!

  4. It was great!!!! Mike really liked it alot. He didn't know it was bread at first. We ate it in one sitting.