Apple Brown Betty

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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!

A white bowl with apple brown better with a silver spoon in next to whole nutmegs.
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.

Sifted flour, cinnamon & nutmeg and chilled butter make for a perfect crumb crust
Sifted flour, cinnamon & nutmeg and chilled butter make for a perfect crumb crust


You really can’t go wrong with whichever apple you choose.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Granny Smith
  • Cortland
  • Honeycrisp
  • Red Delicious
A bowl filled with apples coated in spiced flour next to a cutting board with sliced bread on it.
Simple ingredients, amazing results

Assembly is a snap!

The dish can be prepared several hours in advance before baking.

A bowl filled with the contents of Apple Brown Betty before it goes into the oven.
Ready to bake to perfection!

Ready to make an easy, classic American dessert that is just so delicious? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

A white bowl with apple brown better with a silver spoon in next to whole nutmegs.

Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty is so simple and really wonderful. This is a classic dessert dish that you and your family will love! Serve with whipped cream or ice cream! Enjoy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Apples, Baking
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 470kcal


  • 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).


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
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