Apple Brown Betty

I don’t usually consider myself to be cheap, sweet and easy. But, there are days when I get a thrill out of finding a recipe that is so simple to make and ingredients that are so inexpensive to purchase. I can imagine this as a perfect for a family full of screaming children and, at the same time, topping it with vanilla ice cream for a fun gathering with friends.

There are many happy thoughts that could be associated with warm spicy apples as they bubble from the heat of the oven. My happy thought right this moment is a reminder of one last Apple Brown Betty still in my refrigerator. A perfect midnight treat.

Apple Brown Betty

1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs
3 Tbl. butter, melted
1/3 cup, brown sugar
1/3 cup, sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. nutmeg
4 cups apples, diced
½ cup apple cider
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbl. lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, toss the bread crumbs and butter until completely coated. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the remaining ingredients until well combined. Spoon half of the bread crumb mixture into 4-6 oven safe dishes. Evenly distribute the apple mixture onto the bread crumb layer. Next, top the apple mixture with the remaining bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. If you decide to make this in a single dish, complete the same layer process. Bake at 375 for 35 – 40 minutes.

Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine.

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