Apple Betty

 

Apple Betty features sweet apples and a warm cinnamon sugar breadcrumb topping. This apple dessert is the perfect treat for fall.
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Table of Contents
  1. Apple Betty Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make Apple Betty
  4. How to Serve Apple Betty
  5. Storage
  6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Apple Betty is a classic dessert that uses fresh apples mixed with cinnamon sugar-coated bread pieces to make a warm and comforting dessert. Packed with a warm, fruity flavor, this vintage apple dessert is the perfect treat for fall. 

If you adore baked apple desserts then you’ll want to make Apple Slab Pie, Apple Dump Cake, and Apple Pie Bites.

Apple Betty Ingredients

You will need:

  • ¼ cup unsalted margarine, melted
  • 1½ cups day-old bread cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups tart apple slices
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup water

Substitutions and Additions

APPLES: Using tart apples will yield the best result in this easy dessert. Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Braeburn, McIntosh, Jonathan, and Empire apples are all good choices. 

BREAD: Any type of stale bread can be used. This is the perfect way to get rid of stale sandwich bread, hot dog buns, or even croissants. 

How to Make Apple Betty

PRO TIP: You can prepare this recipe up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to bake. 

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the melted margarine with the bread cubes.

STEP TWO: Combine the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

PRO TIP: Be sure to slice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly.

STEP THREE: Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart baking dish.

STEP FOUR: Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apples.

STEP FIVE: Repeat with the second layer of ⅓ of the bread cubes and the remaining apples, then top with the last third of the bread cubes.

STEP SIX: Combine the lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.

STEP SEVEN: Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.

PRO TIP: Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dessert as the suggested baking time approaches.

How to Serve Apple Betty

Yummy on its own, you can serve this warm, fruit-filled dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of whipped cream on top of the baked apples. When served warm, the ice cream starts to melt and it’s incredibly delicious! You can also add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top of this sweet fall treat to give it a caramel apple flavor. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or at room temperature for about 3 days. If storing them in the fridge, be sure to warm them up in the microwave for a bit before serving. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze your cooled apple Betty by covering it with foil and placing it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at 350°F. 

Apple Betty features crisp sweet apples that are cooked to perfection with a warm, buttery breadcrumb topping. Bursting with cozy fall flavors, this Apple Betty dessert is one of the best ways to use fresh apples. Your friends and family will love this scrumptious apple dessert. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between an apple crisp recipe and an apple Betty? 

The difference between these two desserts is that the topping on an apple Betty is mostly the bread, sugar, and butter that makes it crispy. An apple crisp topping, on the other hand, typically contains oats.

Can I use a different type of apple for this recipe? 

The best apples for this delicious dessert are apples that are on the tart side, including Granny Smith, Empire, Pink Lady, or McIntosh.

Can I freeze this apple Betty? 

This apple dessert recipe can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.

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Apple Betty

Apple Betty features sweet apples and a warm cinnamon sugar breadcrumb topping. This apple dessert is the perfect treat for fall.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup unsalted margarine melted
  • cups day-old bread cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups tart apple slices
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the melted margarine with the bread cubes.
  • Combine the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart baking dish.
  • Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apples.
  • Repeat with the second layer of ⅓ of the bread cubes and the remaining apples, then top with the last third of the bread cubes.
  • Combine the lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.
  • Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.

Notes

You can prepare this recipe up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to bake.
Be sure to slice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dessert as the suggested baking time approaches.

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