Apple Brown Betty

So easy, so good, and so economical makes this a favorite dessert that you'll often find in school cafeterias all over our country. Sometimes called Apple Crisps, although they're really not quite the same.

All four of our children would eat at their school cafeterias on the days it was served, even though they usually came home for lunch all other days. It was one of the first things they learned to make when they started cooking themselves. Nice memories.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, plus extra for greasing the baking dish or pan
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 lbs. (about 4 medium) apples (any variety but Red Delicious)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups soft white bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13x9 inch glass, ceramic baking dish, or pan with butter, and set aside.

Cut butter into 4 pieces, and place in a microwave-safe measuring cup or small dish. Microwave, covered with paper towel, on high, until melted, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.


Squeeze lemon juice into a medium-size mixing bowl. Peel and core apples, and cut into bite-size chunks. Toss apples in lemon juice as you add. When apples are cut, add granulated sugar and stir well. Set aside.

In another medium-size mixing bowl, mix bread crumbs, melted butter brown sugar, and apple pie spice. Stir until most crumbs are coated with butter. (If not all are coated, this is fine.)

Spoon half of apples into buttered dish. Top with half of bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining apples and crumbs.

Bake, uncovered, until apples are tender and top of Betty is crisp and brown, about 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool 15 minutes. Serve in dessert bowls, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Servings: 8 generous
Prep Time: Approximately 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45-55 Minutes

Source: This recipe came from Cooks Online, through the courtesy of the folks at Kitchen Scoop aka Desperation Dinners but you'll find it in almost every church cookbook or the recipe boxes of every mother who bakes for her children.


By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Julia, once again you've posted a winner. However I've decided to give up cooking, win the lottery and travel to Thrifty Fun recipe posters and be an official test taster!

Thanks for sharing a 2 thumbs up. : ) Keeper

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

I'll never lose weight this way, but that's okay. There'll just be more of me to love... besides, hubby keeps saying if I get too round, he can roll me down the street instead of my trying to walk. JPJ

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

I think our family would have to be classified as dessert lovers, and each
of us have our favorites, however, you just can't beat a good baked apple


dessert. So many ways to serve it hot, warm or cold.

Hubby used to take it cold in his lunch bucket with a big wedge of golden
cheese, and there were times when he'd bring home all his lunch except
the dessert. He'd always manage to eat that. :-)

Thank you for another great recipe.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds just like what I remember eating in our elementary school's
cafeteria. Boy, does it bring back some great memories.

Thank you for sharing your recipe. StarWarsCollector

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Hmm please, can I be a taste tester too, sounds so good.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

Yum, brings back good memories. I can already taste this hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and just as delicious, the next day, cold, for breakfast!



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