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.
Quick Apple Betty
This is great if you have bread getting a tad old...
Coat a baking dish with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray.
Dip your bread into skim or 2-percent milk and use it to line the bottom of the baking dish.
Top the bread with peeled, sliced apples and dot with butter. Sprinkle with raisins, cinnamon and ugar. Top with more bread dipped in milk. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (approx. 30 to 40 minutes).
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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