Thursday, October 14, 2010

CEiMB--Apple Brown Betty

So this week was my pick for Craving Ellie in My Belly--Apple Brown Betty. Even better, I was able to make this recipe over the weekend with my mom since my parents were visiting! There was quite the selection of apples at the farmers market. Even though the recipe calls for Golden Delicious apples, I decided to use Nittany apples from the market--mostly because my husband went to Penn State and is a huge PSU football fan (if I had known how poorly the game was going to go later that day, I may have chosen differently!).

This recipe was quite easy to put together. The most difficult part was thinly slicing the apples, but even that became easy once I remembered I owned a mandoline slicer (that is why my cut up apples all look different). I added the apples, apple cider (also from the farmers market and crazy delicious), some of the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large pan to cook up.

I was concerned that the apples wouldn't fit in my pie dish, but they cooked down nicely and fit into my pie dish without any trouble.

Since I was enjoying time with my family, I didn't realize until it was too late that I did not have any bread at home. Luckily for me, I did have some panko bread crumbs! I combined those with melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the topping, and popped the whole thing into the oven.

After 30 minutes, the topping was a nice, golden brown. Dessert time!

My husband surprised us by picking up some low-fat vanilla ice cream to go with the Apple Brown Betty. It was a great combination, especially since it was a pretty warm evening.

The recipe makes a lot of servings, definitely more than six unless you have pretty big portion sizes. The four of us each had some, and I actually ate the Apple Brown Betty cold later on in the week. It is delicious cold as well, even without the ice cream!

You can find the recipe on the Food Network site for Ellie's Apple Brown Betty, as well as on page 241 of So Easy.


  1. My husband and I loved the apple brown betty! Wonderful display of step-by-step photos and I am happy to hear your family enjoyed this delicious choice too =).

  2. This was a bit hit here as well, thank you so much for choosing it, and right in Apple Season, too! that would be interesting, I will try that as I always have that on hand. We love desserts like this, so am going to try any number of subs that everyone has on their blogs this week. Yours looks wonderful!

  3. Thanks for choosing the recipe this week! The panko sub was a very clever one, and I think that would go over well at my house, too. I mentioned that ice cream would have been good with this in my post, so it's great to know that this is true!

  4. This looks soooo good! I haven't gotten around to making this today and have no time tomorrow, but am planning on making this Saturday!! I can't wait to try this!

  5. Great pick! Thanks for choosing it this week!

  6. this was a great pick jessica. We loved it. Yours is just great looking.

  7. So glad you enjoyed it; great pick! This weekend, we are going to drive around the N GA mountains to visit some of the apple orchards, and I'm looking forward to making this again : )