A Betty consists of fruit, most commonly apples, baked between layers of buttered crumbs. Betties are an English pudding dessert closely related to the French apple charlotte. Betty was a popular baked pudding made during colonial times in America.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, brown sugar, 1/2-teaspoon cinnamon and cloves. Place half of the sliced apples in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top with half the bread crumb mixture. Repeat layers.
Pour the melted butter over all and cover with applesauce. Combine remaining cinnamon with white sugar and sprinkle on top.
Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, until apples are tender and mixture is bubbly.
Recipe makes 10 servings.
Did You Know?
According to The American History Cookbook, by Mark H. Zanger:
Brown Betty (1890) - This recipe was part of the winning essay for the $500 American Public health Association Lomb prize on practical, Sanitary, and Economic Cooking Adapted to persons of Moderate and Small Means, which became a book of the same title by Mrs. Mary Hinman Abel. It was part of a series of menus to feed a family on thirteen cents a day.
October 5 is National Apple Betty Day.
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