September 30, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Dessert? On a weeknight?
Yes. It can be done, and it doesn’t even have to be ice cream eaten straight from the carton or a smushed candy bar that you found at the bottom of your bag.
Apple Brown Betty is a classic American dish, but it has some with deep and controversial roots. According to Delish.com and What’s Cooking America, Betty was capitalized in the first written records of the dish, but the “b” in brown was written in lower case. Because this recipe appears to come from colonial America, this has left some to believe that perhaps Betty was a slave. Others say that “brown” is referring to the color it turns when baked.
Origins aside, Apple Brown Betty is a dessert made for a frugal, busy cook who’s looking to use what’s in their pantry. When I first skimmed the recipe in The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, I thought it sounded like a soggy bread pudding. The ingredients include apple cider, apples, raisins, bread, butter, and spices, but no eggs or other binders.
It is unlike anything that I have ever had before. The buttered and brown sugar-ed baguette becomes soft and sweet, while some apple slices maintain their sturdy texture and others melt into the bread and raisins.
My husband, who claims loudly (and to anyone who will listen) that he does not like fruit for dessert, ate this with gusto. He also had seconds and polished it off the next night.
I can attest to both it’s deliciousness and its ease of preparation. I made this recipe, from start to finish, while allowing our toddler to “help”. He stirred the bread to coat it in the brown sugar and butter (and snagged a few pieces to eat, too). I also gave him the apple peels to sort between a bowl and a bread pan- anything to keep wee hands busy.
I promise: you have time for a good dessert tonight. Just grab some apples, a baguette, and your copy of The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. I’ll be over tonight to sample- for quality control, of course.
What’s your favorite weeknight dessert?
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