I have told you before that I am not the biggest pie fan.  So when apple season comes around, apple pie is not high on my list of things to bake with apples.  Apple crisps on the other hand, I could make every week during the fall.  There is just something about the sweet crunchy topping over the warm tender apples that makes me happy.

When I first saw this recipe for an Apple Brown Betty, I thought that it looked very similar to an apple crisp.  The dessert does share many of the same textures of  a crisp, but the salty crackers that are used instead of the traditional oatmeal of a crisp gives it that perfect sweet and salty balance that I love.  And I love a recipe with some history and versions of this recipe date back to the 1800’s!

Apple Brown Betty
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4-6
Warm, tender apples topped with a sweet, crunchy and slightly salty topping
  • 4 cups chopped firm apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (about 3 whole apples)
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups crushed Saltine crackers
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Ice cream or whipped cream, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a pie plate.
  3. Place chopped apples into pie plate and pour lemon juice over apples. Toss to coat.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, crushed crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Take ⅓ cup of the cracker mixture and toss with apples.
  6. Bake apples until tender about 45 minutes.
  7. Melt the butter and pour over the remaining cracker mixer an mix to combine.
  8. Sprinkle cracker mixture over baked apples.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
  11. Recipe adapted from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich

toss apples with lemon juice and place into pie plate

in a small bowl, combine sugar, crushed crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg

combine 1/3 cup of the cracker mixture with the apples and bake

melt butter, pour over remaining cracker mixture and sprinkle over baked apples and bake again

serve with ice cream or whipped cream

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I love this whole thing, Mercedes! I need to make a Brown Betty ASAP!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    I thought I knew what an Apple Brown Betty was, but I had no idea it had crushed saltines! Yum!


  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I’m with you, I’m not much a pie lover. This looks delicous, I love the sweet and salty combo!


  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Oh my gosh. This looks incredible! I AM a pie lover, but I’ve never had an apple Brown Betty and now, I need to get to meeting this Betty.


  5. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I’ve never heard of Brown Betty before, but this looks so dreamy!!


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