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  1. Apple Betty Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Apple Betty Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our apple Betty is a vintage dessert that is the best way to use all those fresh apples this fall. Featuring crisp sweet apples that are cooked to perfection and mixed with cinnamon sugar-coated bread pieces to make a warm and comforting dessert.

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Apple Betty Ingredients

grandma's apple betty raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup unsalted margarine, melted
  • 1½ cups day-old bread cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups tart apple slices
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup water

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLES: Using tart apples will yield the best result in this easy dessert. Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Braeburn, McIntosh, Jonathan, and Empire apples are all good choices.

BREAD: Any type of stale bread can be used. This is the perfect way to get rid of stale sandwich bread, hot dog buns, or even croissants.

How To Make This Apple Betty Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can prepare this recipe up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to bake.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the melted margarine with bread cubes.

margarine and bread crumb mix in clear bowls

STEP TWO: Combine the sliced apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

PRO TIP:

Be sure to slice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly. 

STEP THREE: Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart baking dish.

apple, sugar, cinnamon and salt combined in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apple mixture.

bottom of the pan covered with half of the apples

STEP FIVE: Repeat with a second layer of ⅓ of the bread cubes and the remaining apples, then top with the last third of the bread cubes.

layer topped with the last third of bread crumbs in a pan

STEP SIX: Combine the lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.

lemon juice poured over everything in a pan

STEP SEVEN: Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dessert as the suggested baking time approaches.

grandma's apple betty in a white casserole pan before being baked and after being baked

How To Serve

I love serving this delicious fall dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of whipped cream on top of the baked apples, especially when it’s still a bit warm. The ice cream melts, and it’s so delicious. You can also add a drizzle of warm caramel sauce to give it a caramel apple flavor.

These apple pie bites and caramel apple crisp bites are a couple of other easy recipes to make with fresh apples. Both are warm and delicious fruit-filled treats, just like this dessert.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or at room temperature for about 3 days. If storing them in the fridge, be sure to warm them up in the microwave for a bit before serving.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze your cooled apple Betty by covering it with foil and placing it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at 350°F.

close up shot of grandma's apple betty in a white casserole pan with a 3 scoops of ice cream on the top

Time to plan a trip to the apple orchard! Now that you have this easy recipe for apple Betty, you can rest assured that your fresh apples will get put to good use. You are going to love the warm, buttery breadcrumb topping and fruity flavor that this dessert is packed with!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between an apple crisp recipe and apple Betty?

The difference between these two desserts is that the topping on an apple Betty is mostly the bread, sugar, and butter that makes it crispy. An apple crisp topping, on the other hand, typically contains oats.

Can I use a different type of apple for this recipe?

The best apples for this delicious dessert are apples that are on the tart side, including Granny Smith, Empire, Pink Lady, or McIntosh.

Can I freeze this apple Betty?

This apple dessert recipe can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.

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Apple Betty

5 from 2 votes
You are going to love the warm, fruity flavor that this apple Betty dessert is packed with!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup unsalted margarine, melted
  • cups day-old bread cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups tart apple slices
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the melted margarine with the bread cubes.
  • Combine the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Place ⅓ of the bread cubes in the bottom of a greased 2-quart baking dish.
  • Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the apples.
  • Repeat with a second layer of ⅓ of the bread cubes and the remaining apples, then top with the last third of the bread cubes.
  • Combine the lemon juice and water. Then, pour this mixture over everything in your pan.
  • Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.

Notes

  • You can prepare this recipe up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to bake.
  • Be sure to slice your apples consistently so that they cook evenly.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dessert as the suggested baking time approaches.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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