Apple Brown Betty

Group of Apple Brown Betty

I don’t usually consider myself to be cheap, sweet and easy.  But, there are days when I get a thrill out of finding a recipe that is so simple to make and ingredients that are so inexpensive to purchase.  I can imagine this as a perfect for a family full of screaming children and, at the same time, topping it with vanilla ice cream for a fun gathering with friends.

There are many happy thoughts that could be associated with warm spicy apples as they bubble from the heat of the oven.  My happy thought right this moment is a reminder of one last Apple Brown Betty still in my refrigerator.  A perfect midnight treat.

Apple Brown Betty
Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine

1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs
3 Tbl. butter, melted
1/3 cup, brown sugar
1/3 cup, sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. nutmeg
4 cups apples, diced
½ cup apple cider
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbl. lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a small mixing bowl, toss the bread crumbs and butter until completely coated.  In a medium mixing bowl, toss the remaining ingredients until well combined.  Spoon half of the bread crumb mixture into 4-6 oven safe dishes.  Evenly distribute the apple mixture onto the bread crumb layer.  Next, top the apple mixture with the remaining bread crumbs.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.  If you decide to make this in a single dish, complete the same layer process.  Bake at 375 for 35 – 40 minutes.


  1. Those look delicious – there’s nothing like a dessert with oven-baked apples.

  2. I love those pans too! The Apple Brown Betty looks wonderful :)

  3. Love those little Staub pots!
    and that Brown Betty is so nice!
    Invite me to Pittsburgh soon!
    Stacey Snacks

  4. Beautiful pictures, I’m going to try this out this weekend. Thanks!

  5. “where oh where” did you get those pans?

  6. Um… cutest pans EVER! I love a simple apple recipe. There is nothing more comforting! Lovely!

  7. Those little dishes are adorable!

  8. Oh boy. This has me drooling – love the topping. Excellent photos too.

  9. Ok, where’d you get those adorable vessels?

  10. Divine!

  11. Hey ang, I got these pans at Big Lots. They were $10.00 for 4 of them. If you don’t have a Big Lots around where you live, I would consider trying Amazon.


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