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Apple brown betty

by Christina Julia

Apple brown betty

Serves: 4-6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 5 cooking apples, peeled, cored
  • and chopped
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 90g/31⁄2oz Demerara or soft
  • brown sugar finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 225g/8oz fresh breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 1.2-litre/2pt ovenproof dish.
  • Cook the apples with 15g/1⁄2oz of the butter, 15g/1⁄2oz of the sugar, the
    lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg for 10–15 minutes until the apples
    are soft enough to beat to a purée.
  • Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan over a low heat, and add the
    breadcrumbs and remaining sugar. Toss until the crumbs are coated, and
    continue tossing while you fry the crumbs until they are golden brown.
  • Spread one-third of the crumbs in the greased ovenproof dish, and add
    half of the apple purée in an even layer. Add another third of the crumbs
    and the remaining apple, then finish with a layer of crumbs. Bake in the
    oven for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden on top. Serve hot, either
    plain or with cream or ice cream.

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