Boy, oh boy, does this recipe takes us back!
This was one of the first desserts I ever made for the Loon back when we lived in the West Village in NYC in the early 90s. This is part of the beginning of my love of cooking. This dish is classic. Simple in its ingredients. Warm apples and raisins, cooked in butter and sugar and cinnamon, with a simple crumb crunch top. This ranks right up there with our Banana Pudding Trifle and our Lemon Meringue Pie!
HOW TO MAKE APPLE BROWN BETTY
Apple Brown Betty hails back to the simpler days when ingredients were fresh and uncomplicated. The name itself has a less than desirable origin. Read more on that here.
The flour and spices add a simple depth to the dish that is just wonderful.
As the flour bakes, a simple crust is formed that gives Apple Brown Betty it’s almost cobbler-like texture and taste.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT APPLES
You really can’t go wrong with whichever apple you choose.
Some of our favorites are:
- Granny Smith
- Red Delicious
Assembly is a snap!
The dish can be prepared several hours in advance before baking.
Ready to make an easy, classic American dessert that is just so delicious? Go for it!
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Apple Brown Betty
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¾ cup sugar
- 8 tbsp butter chilled
- 4 slices bread crusts removed
- 1 cup raisins
- 3 small apples peeled, cored, and sliced
- Whipped cream for serving
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
- Butter a 9-inch baking dish.
- Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar into a bowl.
- Cut the butter into small pieces.
- Cut it into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender, or the back of a fork...should resemble wet sand, or course cornmeal.
- Cut the bread into crouton-sized pieces.
- Soak the raisins in boiling water until plump, about 5 minutes, then drain them.
- Combine the bread, raisins, and sliced apples in a bowl.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a third of the flour mixture.
- Add the apple mixture and top with the remaining flour mixture.
- Bake for about 45 minutes covered, and then another 15 minutes uncovered, or until the top is crisp and apples are tender.
- Serve hot or cold, with whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream).