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Apple Brown Betty Recipe

© 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., licensed to About.com, Inc.
Apple brown betty is a classic dessert dating back to colonial America. Think of it as an apple pie or cobbler with a topping of sweetened, buttered bread crumbs instead of a dough or batter topping. This version uses whole wheat bread crumbs to add to the inherent fiber in the fresh apples. It is quite easy to put together and takes only 30 minutes to bake.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 5 large Golden Delicious apples (about 2 pounds), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 slices whole-wheat bread (1 ounce each, crusts included), or enough to make about 2-1/4 cups crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the apples, apple cider, 1 Tablespoon of the brown sugar, the vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still retain their shape, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of the butter until melted, remove from the heat, and transfer the apple mixture to a 9-inch pie plate or a ceramic dish.

Place the bread in the food processor and process until crumbs are formed, about 15 seconds. Melt the remaining 1 Tablespoon butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Toss the crumbs with the melted butter, walnuts, remaining 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Scatter the crumb mixture on top of the apples and bake for 30 minutes, until the topping is crisped and lightly browned.

Makes 6 servings (Serving size = 1 cup)

Per serving: Calories 230, Total fat 7 g, Sat fat 3 g, Mono fat 1.5 g, Poly fat 2 g, Protein 3 g, Carb 42 g, Fiber 6 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Sodium 75 mg, Excellent source of Fiber, manganese, Good source of Vitamin c

Recipe Source: "So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week" by Ellie Krieger (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Apple Brown Betty Recipe Photo © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., licensed to About.com, Inc.
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