Classic Brown Betty recipe – a pan of juicy apples layered with sweet, buttery toasted bread. Delicious alternative to apple crisp!
Published 10/25/12. Updated with new photos and tips 10/4/18.
Apple Brown Betty is sort of like apple crisp’s less famous cousin. It’s a warm, homey dessert made with everyday pantry staples.
Since it uses apples, it’s also a perfect Fall desert.
What is Apple Brown Betty?
Apple Brown Betty is very simple – tart apples layered with brown sugar and bread.
It’s a baked apple dessert that’s similar to apple crisp. Rather than a crisp topping, the apples are layered with a sweetend bread crumb mixture.
How to make Apple Brown Betty
Apple Brown Betty is made by layering brown sugar, sliced apples, fresh bread crumbs, and spices. It’s topped with a layer of butter pats and brown sugar.
Then, it’s covered with foil and baked until the apples are tender. I unwrap the foil and let the top crisp up a little before serving.
What to serve with Apple Brown Betty
This dessert is delicious as-is. If you want prefer, you can serve it with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream on top.
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Apple Brown Betty
Classic Apple Brown Betty Recipe
- 4 Granny Smith apples or other baking apples*
- 4 slices white sandwich bread
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed and divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
- Slice bread into a small dice, or tear into very small pieces.
- Coat a 7x11-inch baking dish with butter.
Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 of the apple slices, and 1/2 of the breadcrumbs to the dish.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Repeat the layers.
- Slice butter and lay slices all over the top of the breadcrumbs.
- Sprinkle dish with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar.
- Bake, covered in foil, until done – about 30-40 minutes.
Carefully remove foil in last few minutes of baking to brown the top.
*If you use Granny Smith apples, you may want to increase the sugar by 1/4 cup if you like desserts on the sweeter side.
**Nutrition values are estimates.
Nutrition facts per serving (1serving)
Slightly adapted from thepioneerwoman.com