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Brown Betty

Brown Betty

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, baking, brownbetty, dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 9


  • 1 ¼ cups stale cake crumbs ground fine
  • cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp all-spice
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2-2½ lbs apples peeled, quartered, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • cup apple cider
  • 4 Tbsp butter cold


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and butter a 6x9-inch baking pan or some dish that has approximately a 4-cup capacity. 

  2. In a small bowl combine crumbs, sugars, and spices. In another, larger bowl, slice apples and toss with lemon juice.

  3. Returning to our prepared baking dish, spread about 2 Tablespoons of the crumb mixture across the bottom of the pan and top with about half the apples. Pour the cider over all and scatter half the remaining crumbs. Dot with half the butter then top with remaining apples and crumbs and finish with the butter.

  4. Bake until the crumbs have achieved a beautiful golden-brown and the apples have begun to bubble about 35 minutes. Cool briefly on a wire rack and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.