Apple Brown Betty



Serves 6

50 grams fresh breadcrumbs
50 grams light brown sugar, firmly packed
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter
900 grams tart-sweet apples
Juice of one lemon
50 grams finely chopped walnuts


1. Preheat the grill. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and toast under the grill until golden, stirring so they color evenly. Set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC or 375ºF or Gas 5. Butter a 4 pint quart baking dish. Set aside.
3. Mix the sugar with spices. Cut the butter into pea-size pieces. Set aside.
4. Peel, core and cut the apples. Toss immediately with the lemon juice to prevent the apple from turning brown.
5. Sprinkle about 2 and ½ tablespoons of breadcrumbs over the bottom of the prepared dish. Cover with a third of the apple slices and sprinkle with a third of the sugar-spice mixture. Add another layer of breadcrumbs and dot with a third of the butter. Repeat the layers two more times, ending with a layer of breadcrumbs. Sprinkle with the nuts, and dot with remaining butter.
6. Bake until the apples are tender and the top is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

From The Ultimate Desserts Cookbook

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