Tested till perfect Apple Brown Betty
Apple Brown Betty
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Apple Brown Betty

This is an authentic old-fashioned dessert – apples layered with fresh bread crumbs and lemon. It's absolutely heavenly with warm Rum-Spiked Pouring Custard or vanilla ice cream. To make fresh crumbs, trim crusts, tear bread into chunks and chop in food processor until medium-fine and about the size of long-grain rice.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: February 2007

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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  • Portion size 6 to 8


  • 3 cups 3cupscoarse fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupmelted butter
  • 8 cups 8cupsthickly sliced peeled applesapples, (about 3 lb/1.5 kg)
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cuppacked brown sugar
  • 2 tsp 2tspfinely grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcinnamon
  • 1 pinch 1pinchallspice
  • 1 pinch 1pinchnutmeg
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupapple juiceapple juice or water
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
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In bowl, toss bread crumbs with butter; spread one-quarter in 8-inch (2 L) square glass baking dish.

In large bowl, toss together apples, sugar, lemon rind, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; spread half over crumb base in dish. Top with another quarter of the bread crumb mixture; spread remaining apple mixture over top. Drizzle with apple juice and lemon juice. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumb mixture.

Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until golden and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; reheat if desired.)

Nutritional Information Per each of 8 servings: about

cal 258 pro 2g total fat 9g sat. fat 5g
carb 46g fibre 3g chol 24mg sodium 172mg

% RDI:

calcium 4 iron 7 vit A 8 vit C 13
folate 6
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