Apple Brown Betty

Site Index Apple Apple brown betty Apple pie

This post may contain affiliate links. See my privacy policy for details.

Apple Brown Betty is another easy, sweet option to use up your fall apples! Sweet, tangy, and extra crunchy, this is the perfect fall dessert to give you that cozy, autumnal feel on a cold night.

Don’t forget to make your own Apple Pie Spice for this recipe and don’t forget try my Apple Scones as well!

Apple Brown Betty in a white bowl with vanilla ice cream on top

Apple Brown Betty

Brown betty is the simpler cousin of the apple crisp or the apple crumble, and it is pretty much a requirement to make one at least every year once apple season starts to come to a close.

Make sure you pick up the right apples for this recipe – you don’t want to be eating red fuji apples in this, as it will end up super mealy!                                                                                                            

ingredients for apple brown betty

Apple Brown Betty Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts.

Apple Filling

• Tart apples

• Granulated sugar

• Apple pie spice

• Lemon juice

Topping

•All-purpose flour

• Brown sugar

• Salted butter

baked apple brown betty with a scoop taken out of it

How To Make Apple Brown Betty

• Grease a 9×13 baking pan

• Whisk together the sugar and apple pie spice in a small bowl

• Place the prepared apples in a medium bowl, and then toss with the sugar and apple pie spice

• Turn out onto the greased pan and sprinkle with lemon juice

• In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter until crumbly

• Sprinkle over the top of the apples in an even layer

• Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 35 minutes until the apples are soft enough to pierce with a fork

• Cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream   

apple brown betty on a spoon

What Is The Difference Between a Brown Betty and an Apple Crisp?

Apple brown betty probably isn’t a particularly well-known dessert outside of North America, and the fact that it would seem so similar to another dish, apple crisp, probably doesn’t help.

However, there is a key difference between the two – an apple crisp is made from a butter, sugar, flour, and oat topping, creating a sort of craggily, crackly layer on top of the apple filling.

A brown betty, meanwhile, is made using only flour, butter, and sugar, (sometimes bread crumbs as well!) which makes for a finer, delicate topping that is still quite crunchy. This little difference might not seem like much, but it actually creates a substantial difference in both the texture, taste, and even cooking time of your brown betty.

Which one is better? Well, that’s up to you, and depends on how thick and intense you prefer the crusts on your baked dishes.

top down shot of apple brown betty in a bowl with vanilla ice cream

The Best Kind of Apples to Use

Everyone knows that you need to only use tart cooking apples for these kinds of dishes; however, why is that the case?

Regular eating apples, like Red Delicious or Fuji, are a lot sweeter, but their flesh is also a lot less rigid. This makes them great to bite into, but when cooked, they start to turn mealy and mushy way before the entire filling is properly cooked.

Cooking apples, meanwhile, have a tougher, more resilient texture that holds up better to longer cooking times. Plus, they tend to be a lot more acidic – the extra acidity in, say, a Granny Smith doesn’t make for a very tasty apple when eaten raw, but it helps to balance out the flavor and mouthfeel of the cooked apples after a little while in the oven.

Try and stick to the classics, like Granny Smith, Braeburn and Honey crisp, as these will have the best possible flavor and work best in a longer cooking time like apple brown betty needs to become really delicious.

Looking for more delicious Dessert recipes? Try these out:

Blueberry Buckle

Cinnamon Spice Upside Down Apple Cake

Lemon Cherry Crunch Cake

Enjoy!

Love,

Karlynn

 Pin This Recipe To Your Baking Recipes Board and Remember to FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST!

Apple Brown Betty is another easy, sweet option to use up your fall apples! Sweet, tangy, and extra crunchy, this is the perfect fall dessert to give you that cozy, autumnal feel on a cold night.

Thanks to ads on this website, readers of The Kitchen Magpie are now sponsoring 2 families a month through the Edmonton Food Bank. Learn how you can help here.

Learn to cook like the Kitchen Magpie

Subscribe to The Kitchen Magpie on YouTube

One click and you’ll get notified of new videos added to our YouTube account!

youtube-subscribe

Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty is another easy, sweet option to use up your fall apples! Sweet, tangy, and extra crunchy, this is the perfect fall dessert to give you that cozy, autumnal feel on a cold night.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
8
Calories
374
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
  

Apple Filling

  • 6 cups tart apples peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter

Bread Crumb Option

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs see notes for substituting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 °F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and the apple pie spice.
  • Place the prepared apples in a medium bowl then toss with the sugar and the apple pie spice. Turn out into the prepared pan, then sprinkle the lemon juice on top.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the apples in an even layer, patting it down lightly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the apples are soft enough to pierce with a fork and the topping is crisp and golden brown.
  • Remove and let sit for 10 minutes, then scoop into bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Notes

  • You can sub out ½ cup of the flour and replace with breadcrumbs for a different version of apple brown betty!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 374kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 156mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 49g, Vitamin A: 406IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

Made this recipe?

Share a photo of what you made on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @thekitchenmagpie or hashtag it #thekitchenmagpie.

Please rate this recipe in the comments below to help out your fellow cooks!

Save Your Favorite Recipes!
Create an account and save recipes

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

Learn more about me

Site Index Apple Apple brown betty Apple pie

Reader Interactions

Comments & Recipe Tips Share a tip or comment!

  1. Judy L says

    I’m enjoying trying out your recipes. I have a recipe for Apple Brown Betty that’s probably more authentic than this one. I found this recipe in a 30-page pamphlet from the food editor of the Detroit Free Press over 50 years ago. It came in a Welcome Wagon basket delivered to my front door when we moved into a new neighborhood in Detroit.
    I’ll bet I haven’t made this recipe since we moved to Houston in the early 70’s. I marked it with a star and the page has plenty of cooking stains on it, so I must have made it often!

    Apple Brown Betty
    1/3 c melted butter or margarine
    2 c fresh bread crumbs
    6 c sliced, pared cooking apples
    1/2 c brown sugar
    1/2 t nutmeg
    1/4 t cinnamon
    1 T grated lemon rind
    2 T lemon juice
    1/4 c water

    1- Toss melted butter with bread crumbs; arrange one-third in a greased one and one-half quart casserole; cover with half the apples and half the combined sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind.
    2- Add another one-third of the crumbs, the remaining apples and remaining sugar mixture; spoon on combined lemon juice and water and top with remaining crumbs.
    3-Cover and bake in a 375-degree oven 30 minutes; uncover and bake 30 minutes longer or until the apples are done; serve warm with cream, whipped cream, cream cheese softened with a little milk or ice cream.
    Serves six.

    Exactly as written! I think I’ll make it again tonight, it’s been a long time. I hope you’ll try it, too.

Leave a Comment or Recipe Tip

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.