This classic recipe came from the need to use stale bread and whatever fruit happened to be around, which frequently meant apples.
4 (1-ounce) slices bread
3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
6 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor or blender; process until finely ground to measure 2 cups. Combine breadcrumbs and butter; set aside. Combine sugars and next 3 ingredients (sugars through allspice) in a large bowl. Stir in apple and the next 4 ingredients (apple through vanilla). Spoon 3 cups apple mixture into an 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup breadcrumb mixture. Top with remaining apple and breadcrumb mixtures. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Spoon into 8 serving bowls; top each with 1/2 cup ice cream.