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Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty

A betty is a classic American dessert consisting of layers of spiced fruit and buttered breadcrumbs. We used whole wheat French bread to make the crumbs.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
  • Cook time: 1 Hour
  • Prep time: 22 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups coarse fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 pounds McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter.

Combine apple, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons cider, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.

Sprinkle half of crumb mixture in bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon apple filling over crumb mixture, and sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over apple; spoon remaining 2 tablespoons cider over crumbs.

Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 4.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.1g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 89mg
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Calcium: 20mg

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