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Made from apples, bread, and spices, Grandma’s Apple Betty is the perfect fall treat. Similar to a fruit cobbler, but made with a few simple ingredients, you can put together this dessert recipe in just 30 minutes.
Grandma’s Apple Betty
Delicious during apple season, but perfectly tempting any time of the year, Apple Betty is a comfort food dessert. Consisting of sliced apples, bread, and warm spices, it tastes similar to an apple crisp or even bread pudding.
A traditional dessert, a Brown Betty is made from fruit, usually apple but can also be pear or berries, and sweetened bread crumbs. The fruit slices and crumbs are baked in hot, bubbly layers to create this no-fuss dessert.
Packed with warm, fruity flavor made from fresh apples. Serve your Apply Betty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of warm caramel sauce.
Grandma’s Apple Betty Ingredients
- Margarine - unsalted margarine melted
- Bread cubes - day old works best
- Apple - tart apple slices
- Sugar - brown sugar
- Lemon juice
Apples are the star of the show in this outstanding dessert and using crisp, tart apples will yield the best results. Honeycrisp, Braeburn, McIntosh, Jazz, Pink Lady, Jonathan, and Empire apples are all excellent choices for this recipe. You could even use a mixture of different apple varieties for more flavor and texture.
When slicing your apples, make sure not to slice them too thinly or they could get mushy when you bake them. Slice your apples at least a quarter-inch thick to help them retain some firmness through the baking process. Another option is to cut them into small cubes for an even more crispy finished dish.
Caramel and apples are a classic combination. Topping your Apple Brown Betty with caramel sauce gives it the flavor of a caramel apple. Cold ice cream is another delicious choice, and when the cold ice cream is added to the warm dessert it melts and creates a perfect pairing. Chopped nuts add a crunchy texture, and they can be added to your dessert either before or after baking.
How to Make Grandma’s Apple Betty
FIRST STEP: Mix melted margarine with bread cubes.
SECOND STEP: Combine the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
THIRD STEP: Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart casserole pan.
FOURTH STEP: Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apples.
FIFTH STEP: Repeat, then top that layer with the last third of bread cubes.
SIXTH STEP: Combine lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.
SEVENTH STEP: Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.
What apples are best to use?
Crisp, tart apples such as Honeycrisp, Braeburn, McIntosh, Jazz, Pink Lady, Jonathan, or Empire apples will yield the best results.
What toppings are best with Grandma’s Apple Betty?
Top your apple dessert with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chopped nuts, or caramel sauce.
Can I freeze this dessert?
Yes, you can freeze Apple Betty for up to three months. Allow the dessert to cool completely before wrapping it tightly and placing it in the freezer.
How to Store Grandma’s Apple Betty
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover Apple Betty covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Leftovers can also be stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Allow the dessert to cool completely before covering it with foil and placing it in the freezer. Apple Betty can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees before serving.
Grandma’s Apple Betty
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- ¼ cup unsalted margarine (melted)
- 1½ cup bread cubes (day old)
- 4-5 cup tart apple (slices)
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup water
- Mix melted margarine with bread cubes.
- Combine the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
- Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart casserole pan
- Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apples.
- Repeat, then top that layer with the last third of bread cubes.
- Combine lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.