Apple Brown Betty is one of the oldest dishes in American culinary history, dating back to colonial times. Made with buttered bread crumbs, spices, sweet apples and a generous splash of sherry, this rustic dessert is sure to please modern tastes as well.
Apple Brown Betty
Recipe from the Washington Apple Commission.
4 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 sweet apples, such as Fuji or Golden Delicious, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons dry sherry, optional
Whipped cream for serving, optional
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly butter a 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Stir together bread crumbs and butter; set aside. Combine apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, ginger and cinnamon, mixing until well blended.
To assemble, spread 1 cup of the buttered bread crumbs in bottom of casserole; top with 1/3 of apple mixture. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sherry over apple, if using. Spread another cup of bread crumbs and top with half of remaining apples and another tablespoon of sherry. Make a third layer of bread crumbs and top with remaining apples and sherry. Spread remaining bread crumbs on top of apples.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes; uncover and bake 30 minutes longer. Cool until warm and serve with whipped cream, if using.
Yield: 6 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 498 calories, 9 grams protein, 73 grams carbohydrate, 19 grams fat (34 percent fat calories), 4 grams fiber, 626 milligrams sodium, 45 milligrams cholesterol.