Baking Is Good For The Soul – Apple Brown Betty


Posted by Katie Gambone

I don’t know about you guys but I am starting to crave delicious home-baked desserts.  The cooler weather, the fact that Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning the menu, the mounds of fresh apples at the grocery store – all of these things makes me want to bake, bake bake.


So, to feed my cravings and because I believe baking is good for the soul, for the Recipe of the Week I am sharing with you  one on my favorite desserts – Apple Brown Betty. This guy was my helper in shopping for today’s post, so a big shout out to Matteo!  Don’t mind the little bits of breakfast bar on his face. Haha!


Apple Brown Betty is a recipe handed down to me by my Grandma Linton and my mom.  It’s quick, easy, and you can replace the apples with different types of fruit if you need an excuse to make this recipe all year round.  You really don’t need an excuse though – just go  for it!

One day I’d like to try making a version of this dessert in a skillet.  I’ve seen blueberry crumble skillet recipes and variations of it all over the cooking magazines and blogs.  I’ll let you know if I get brave enough to try it.  If you already have tried a skillet version- let me know what you did!  Anyway, let’s get baking friends!

Apple Brown Betty

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


5 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples
2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, ginger or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine (warned to room temp)
1/4 cup chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
orange juice (optional)
ice cream (optional)

Get Cookin’

Place fruit in a 2-quart square baking dish.  Stir in granulated sugar.


For topping, in a medium bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Cut in soft butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.


Stir in the nuts (I didn’t use any in my recipe, but they are really good).  Sprinkle topping over the fruit.


Sprinkle orange juice over topping.


Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes (40 minutes for thawed fruit or until fruit is tender and the topping is golden.)  If desired, serve warm with ice cream. Sadly, I didn’t have vanilla ice cream on hand, but I did have this Weckerly’s Burnt Sugar Apple ice cream, which was just as yummy! Enjoy!!



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One thought on “Baking Is Good For The Soul – Apple Brown Betty

  1. Sarah Gallup says:

    This is such a great dessert! You’re waking up my sweet-tooth (which has been asleep for exactly 5 minutes)! I love fall and the myriad ways to use apples! Desserts are just one way! I throw a couple of cut up apples in with pork, and other meats too. Thanks, Katie! It’s one of my favorites!

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