December 2, 2011

Recipe: Brown Betty

3 slices of Bread
3 Apples
2 cups of Brown Sugar (separated into three batches)
1 tablespoon of Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon of freshly-ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of freshly-ground Nutmeg
1/4 cup of Apple Cider
1/4 cup of Banana Liqueur
1 1/2 sticks of Butter

Take the 1/2 stick of butter and generously rub it around the dish casserole dish the brown betty will be baked in. You want some nice coverage of the base and walls.

Take the slices of bread and chop or rip them up into small pieces. You want fluffy crumbs, not compressed pieces of bread. Then separate the bread crumbs into three batches. Peel and core the apples, then slice into thin slices. Mix in a bowl with the apple cider, nutmeg & cinnamon. Divide into three batches.

Take the first batch of brown sugar and add to the dish, smoothing it out evenly. Top the brown sugar with one layer of bread crumbs, followed by the apples, smoothing out each layer evenly. Repeat two more times. Take the butter and cut into slices and top the brown betty, followed by the extra tablespoon of brown sugar. Then add banana liqueur to the dish, evenly pouring it around.

Place into a 350-degree preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes to an hour. Let rest for 5 minutes, before serving. Goes great with ice cream and/or whipped cream.

Notes: You can substitute other fruits or mix in other fruits in place of an apple, such as pears, persimmons, peaches and etc.. The brown sugar can also be replaced with regular sugar, but you won't get the consistancy you'd get with the brown sugar due to the lack of molasses.

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