Brown Betty Recipe from The Homemaker’s Mentor

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Brown Betty Dessert

Have you ever read a book that mentioned a dish you’d never heard of, only to later find a recipe of it? That happened last week. I was reading one of my Kindle eBooks (I think it was an Amish novel… if I’m remembering the right book) and it mentioned that one of the characters baked a Brown Betty. A what? I asked myself and promptly forgot about it until I was flipping through one of the ebooks on The Homemaker’s Mentor CD. I ran across a recipe for Brown Betty!

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Cast of characters: Green apples, bread crumbs (I used Panko because I didn’t having anything), brown sugar, molasses, water and butter.

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I was out of brown sugar so I needed to make some first…

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This really is so easy to do. If you keep molasses on hand and sugar, so easy peasy!

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Next, butter your pan. I use soft butter and a brush. I don’t like to get my hands greasy. Maybe I’m weird but it bothers me. lol

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See that little black contraption. It is so worth the money! This is my second peeler/corer and I just love the thing. I purchased this one from Amazon for $12.99 (well, it went up to $15.99 now) and it works just as good as my $19.99 one. If you want to do anything like canning or drying apples,!

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Cut, peeled and cored. All so quickly and effortlessly

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Something about a spiral cut apple is just cool. Yeah, I might be weird that way. lol

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Layer the cut apples and sprinkle with the bread crumbs (or in my case, Panko). Keep on layering until you run out of apples.

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Mix the water, molasses and brown sugar together.

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Pour the molasses mixture over the apples and bread crumbs.

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Try to coat all the apples with the mixture. Place in the oven and let it bake away until tender.

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Remove from oven and serve warm with cream or in our case, ice cream. :-)

Brown Betty Dessert

Molasses is not a commonly used ingredient in our household (beyond a few cookie recipes and making brown sugar) so honestly, several of my kids didn’t care for this. Had we drizzled it with maple syrup, they probably would have liked it much better. Molasses just has such a strong flavor. Definitely serve this with something like cream, ice cream or something similar as it helps tone down the molasses. I will be making it again… because I really liked it. :-)

Brown Betty Recipe from The Homemaker's Mentor
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  • 6 cooking apples
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • butter
  • bread crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter your baking dish.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples. Layer apples and bread crumbs alternately until you have used up the apples. Final layer should be bread crumbs.
  3. Mix molasses, water and brown sugar together in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour mixture over the apples.
  5. Drop four bits of butter on top of apples and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until apples are soft.
  6. Serve hot with cream, hard sauce, ice cream or something similar. Enjoy.

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