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Apple brown betty

8 to 10 servings
8 to 10 servings


  • 8 slice wheat bread
  • 3 slice apples, preferably granny smith, peeled and cored
  • 5 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, more if needed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


Baking Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously butter a 9 x 13-inch rectangular baking dish.

Slice the bread into strips, then slice the strips in the other direction to dice.

Cut the apples into slices, then dice them up, too.

Place half the diced bread in the baking dish, then sprinkle on half the diced apples and half the brown sugar.

Repeat with another layer of bread, apples, and brown sugar.

Dot the top of the whole thing with pats of butter.

End by sprinkling ½ cup water all over the surface, a spoonful at a time.

Bake, covered in foil, for 45 minutes, or until the apples are tender.

Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown.

To serve, whip the heavy cream with the sugar until it's lightly beaten but still pourable.

Dish up a generous portion of apple brown betty onto a plate and drizzle on the cream.

Warm, sweet, comfort food.

Life doesn't get much better than this.

Variations: Brown betty can be made with peaches, pears, berries, or cherries.

Use whole wheat bread, white bread, any bread will do!