Apple Brown Betty with Red Hots Sauce … And the Award Goes To…

Apple Brown Betty with “Red Hots” Sauce. Neither the fried apple peels nor the Red Hots sauce are necessary to enjoy this.
Apple Brown Betty with Red Hots Sauce

Last Updated on December 31, 2022

Award-Winning Apple Brown Betty with Red Hots Sauce

This award-winning Apple Brown Betty is served with deep-fried apple skins and Cinnamon “Red Hots” sauce. Share with a friend. It will get rid of the doldrums quick as can be!

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 this dessert 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!

Equipment You Need

If you like this recipe, and I think you will, you might find yourself getting tired of peeling apples with a knife or a vegetable peeler. There is a tool for this, and it can also peel other fruits and vegetables. It’s called an apple peeler/corer, and not only does it peel, but it also cores and can even slice your apples, so you don’t have to.

The other piece I recommend is a food processor. Breaking up bread into very small pieces is difficult. A good food processor does the job in seconds.

What Type of Bread

When I make this, I go to my local Armenian bakery and get raisin bread. It’s nothing like the sliced raisin bread you get at the supermarket. It’s actually more like panettone. If you can’t find it, I would recommend using your favorite sandwich bread and extra raisins.

Let’s make Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty with Red Hots Sauce

Apple Brown Betty with “Red Hots” Sauce. Neither the fried apple peels nor the Red Hots sauce are necessary to enjoy this.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2022-12-31
Allergen: Dairy, Gluten
Servings (slide to adjust): 8 servings
Calories per serving: 704kcal


For the Betty

  • 1 ½ pounds Apples, about 4 medium
  • ¾ cup Brown sugar
  • teaspoon Mace
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg , freshly grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Armenian Raisin Bread
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon butter , cut up

For the Deep Fried Apple Peels

  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • Vegetable oil

For the Red Hots Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract, DO NOT use imitation Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon Rum flavor
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


For the Apple Brown Betty

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F
  • 1 1/2 pounds Apples
    Peel the apples and reserve the peels. Core and chop up the apples into 1-inch pieces. Put the apples into a large bowl.
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon Mace, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
    Add the brown sugar, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries, salt, and melted butter.
  • 1 Armenian Raisin Bread
    Put the raisin bread into a food processor and process it into crumbs. Put almost all the crumbs into the bowl. Mix all well.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
    Put the mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with the reserved crumbs. Dot with the remaining butter, which was cut up into small pieces.
    Apple Brown Betty
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the apples have softened. Remove from the oven.

For the Apple Peels

  • Vegetable oil
    Heat oil in a frying pan to 350 °F
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
    Dredge the peels in the flour.
  • Fry the peels in oil until they have browned, then remove them to paper towels. As they cool, they will crisp up.
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    Dust the peels with sugar and cinnamon. Place on top of Betty for garnish.

For the Red Hots Sauce

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour
    Mix sugar and flour in a small pot.
  • 1 cup boiling water
    Stir in water. Cook gently stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
    Add butter and simmer for 6-8 more min. Remove from heat.
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon Cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon Rum flavor, 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
    Whisk in cinnamon, rum flavor, cayenne, and vanilla.
  • Serve warm. Makes one and a half cups. 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. A good, buttery egg bread would make a good substitute, too.
You could also make this Betty in a Nesco oven, leaving your regular oven available for other dishes. Yeah, Nesco!


Serving: 1gCalories: 704kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 2gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 33gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 195mgFiber: 4gSugar: 39g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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    • I got apples today, September 12, 2011, and tomorrow I am going to make Sage Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, a green vegetable (either broccoli or Brussels sprouts), and Apple Brown Betty for dessert. I was going to make it today, but I want to listen to President Obama’s phone call about the American Jobs Act.

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