Okay, I have learned my lesson. My husband and I cannot eat an entire flat of Costco apples without having to use some of them up in an apple dish. Last time it was Apple Tart. This time, it’s Apple Brown Betty.
Apple Brown Betty is a kind of apple lasagna. You layer bread crumbs (the noodles), apples (the sauce), and sugar (the cheese) several times in a pan, bake it, and you have a crumbly, sugary, apple-y desert. And if you use leftover bread and old apples–in other words, food you would otherwise throw out–it costs very little to make. Here’s how I did it:
Apple Brown Betty
2 C bread crumbs
1 stick butter
1 1/4 C brown sugar (I used a mix of white and brown because I ran out of brown sugar.)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
3 Tbs lemon juice
Whip cream to top
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8X8 square pan.
2. Peel and slice the apples.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the crumbs and melted butter.
4. In a different bowl, combine all the sugar and spices.
5. Assemble the desert. Take a little less than half the bread crumbs and press it into the bottom of the pan. Next, layer the apples. Take half of the sugar and sprinkle on top of the apples. Finally, take 1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice and sprinkle over the sugar.
The first layer of an Apple Brown Betty
6. Repeat for the second layer: Most of the other bread crumbs, the rest of the apples, sugar, and lemon juice. To finish, add the remaining bread crumbs on top.
7. Cook for about 40 minutes, until the apples are tender and everything looks cooked. To serve, allow the desert to cool down and top with some whip cream.
Cost of Dish: Apples: free because you are saving them from waste; Bread: ditto; Butter: $.64; Sugar/spices: $.35; Lemon juice: free from my garden; Whip cream: $.75.
Total Cost of Dish: $1.74, or $.22 per serving.