Martha Mondays: Apple Brown Betty

mondaysThis week’s Martha Mondays is Apple Brown Betty, chosen by April at AbbySweets. I make apple crisp every fall, but have never tried Brown Betty – and didn’t even know what the difference is until I made this recipe. The difference has to do with the starch component. When I make apple crisp, I make a topping of flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Apple Brown Betty relies on bread crumbs.

I made fresh breadcrumbs as Martha directs. You mix your apples with apple brown bettycinnamon, sugar,  and nutmeg and lemon juice and then some of the breadcrumbs (which have been tossed with butter).  Dump it into your pan and cover with the remaining breadcrumbs. This gets baked covered in foil for 40 minutes, then you uncover it until the apples are soft.

It looked and smelled good. There’s nothing like the smell of apples and cinnamon to make it feel like fall. We liked it, but we like apple crisp better.  The texture of the breadcrumbs is hard to get used to when you’re used to the softness of apple crisp. This also isn’t quite as sweet as my apple crisp recipe.  Somehow apple crisp is mushier – you can’t see slices of apple, but in this they stayed fairly intact. It was good, apple brown betty2and would definitely be better with some vanilla ice cream, but I won’t make it again.

Here’s my recipe for apple crisp which I would make instead of this:

Peel, core and slice 6 apples. Toss them with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup of water. Put in a square baking dish (sprayed with Pam). Mix and crumble together 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 4 tbsp butter. Spread over the top of the apples. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for an hour.

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11 Responses to Martha Mondays: Apple Brown Betty

  1. Kerri says:

    My husband has diabetes and I wonder if you know if Splenda really does work as well as sugar when baking?

  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve always wondered about the difference between apple brown betty and apple crisp. I may stick to apple crisp though–thanks for testing this for us!

  3. marthaandme says:

    I have used it, but my family doesn’t like it. They can taste the difference. I notice it too, but it doesn’t bother me as much. You can buy it in a big bag in the sugar aisle with baking substitution instructions on it.

  4. April says:

    I am diabetic and use splenda alot. You can tell a difference, but it is the best substitute that I have found. I also mix half splenda and half sugar sometimes. Good luck!

    Thanks for going along this week! I agree, I will stick to apple crisp as well. Can’t wait to see what’s for next week!

  5. Alexandra says:

    I make Apple Crisp, too, only we call it Apple Delicious. Love the way it makes the kitchen smell!

  6. marthaandme says:

    I’ve mixed it half and half with sugar too, but my kids can still taste it. Martha recommends Truvia which is a new sugar substitute. I have not tried it, but would be interested to know if anyone else has.

  7. Teresa Bjork says:

    Finally got my results posted on my blog. Love the apple recipes!

  8. Kerri says:

    Thanks, ladies. We are used to the diet soda and other store bought stuff with splenda. I simply detest the other sugar substitutes. Coffee Mate uses something else and I can’t take it.
    Anyway, I might have to give this a try.

  9. Lyndsey says:

    Yours looks yummy! I finally posted mine, made it tonight!

  10. Interesting! I always make crisp too but I add oatmeal to it to make it crunchy. I should try this recipe though.. love the taste and smell…

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