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So I figured out the best bread to use for making Apple Brown Betty is Armenian Raisin Bread. They are small puffy breads about the size of a grapefruit, filled with yummy raisins that I think the bakeries maybe soak in cardamom.
A few days ago, my friend told me she had some bread that she was unfamiliar with, and did I want it. I was amazed to see that it was Armenian Raisin Bread, and I thanked her and promptly put it on top of the refrigerator to enjoy the next day. Well, the next day turned into a few days, and by the time I got to them, they were getting a little hard. But, that’s perfect because then they would absorb whatever liquid I used.
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I love living in Glendale, California, where we have wonderful Armenian bakeries, and lovely little Raisin Breads. They are reminiscent of Panettone. I had one Raisin Bread left over from making Apple Brown Betty, and I was looking for something interesting to make for breakfast this morning. I took the one bread, and using an electric knife, got it into 4 nice slices. You have to get yourself an electric knife for slicing bread. Your bread will last longer, and you can have it whatever thickness you like.
See, this is what you get when you make a good breakfast!
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My Apple Brown Betty with “Red Hots” Sauce won third prize at the annual Dessert and Appetizer Fil-Am Kiwanis competition. Last year, I won first place for Chicken Liver Pate with Cornichons and Blue Cheese Butter. Last year I won $200.00, this year, because of the economy, the first prize was only $100.00, so my third prize was $50.00 – I don’t mind about the money, getting the recognition was enough for me.
I have been making Apple Brown Betty all winter. I love the simplicity, and the warm comfort food quality of it. In the past, I threw out the peels – this time I did something different and fried them then dusted them with sugar and cinnamon before putting them on top of the finished Brown Betty. They were fantastic!
Recipe: Apple Brown Betty with “Red Hots” Sauce
Ingredients for Apple Brown Betty
- 4 Apples
- 3/4 cup Brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon Mace
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg freshly grated
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon ground
- 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
- 1 Armenian Raisin Bread
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
- 1/2 cup Butter melted
- 1 tablespoon Butter cut up
Ingredients for Deep Fried Apple Peels
- 1 tablespoon Flour
- Vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Ingredients for Red Hots Sauce
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract DO NOT use imitation Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon Rum flavor
Apple Brown Betty
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Peel the apples, and reserve the peels. Core and chop up the apples into 1 inch pieces. Put the apples into a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries and melted butter. Put the raisin bread into a food processor and process into crumbs. Put almost all the crumbs into the bowl. Mix all well. Put into 1 quart casserole dish. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until apples have softened. Remove from the oven,
Apple Brown Betty
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Dredge the peels in the flour. Fry in oil until they have crisped then remove and dust with sugar and cinnamon. Place on top of Betty for garnish.
Red Hots Sauce
- Mix sugar and flour in a small pot. Stir in water. Cook gently stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Add butter and simmer 6-8 more min. Remove from heat. Whisk in cinnamon rum flavor, cayenne and vanilla. Makes one and a half cups.
- Serve warm. This is very good with “Red Hot Sauce” and ice cream.
If you can’t find good Armenian Raisin bread, then use Panettone, and soak some extra raisins in a little water with a tiny bit of cardamom. If you can’t get Panettone, then use regular raisin bread, but reduce the amount of cinnamon.
You could also make this Betty in a a Nesco oven, leaving your regular oven available for other dishes. Yeah, Nesco!
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Update: I found a wonderful recipe for Applesauce in a crockpot… looks great! Lunch Fir For a Kid.