Apple Brown Betty

This classic recipe came from the need to use stale bread and whatever fruit happened to be around, which frequently meant apples.


8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 284
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 7.8 g
Satfat 4.6 g
Monofat 2.3 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 3.6 g
Carbohydrate 55.8 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Calcium 121 mg


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


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.

October 1999
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