Last Updated on December 31, 2022
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
For the Betty
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
For the Apple Brown Betty
- Preheat oven to 350 °F
- 1 1/2 pounds ApplesPeel 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 saltAdd the brown sugar, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries, salt, and melted butter.
- 1 Armenian Raisin BreadPut 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 butterPut 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.
- Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the apples have softened. Remove from the oven.
For the Apple Peels
- Vegetable oilHeat oil in a frying pan to 350 °F
- 1 tablespoon FlourDredge 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 CinnamonDust 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 flourMix sugar and flour in a small pot.
- 1 cup boiling waterStir in water. Cook gently stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
- 2 tablespoons butterAdd 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 extractWhisk 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.
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I can’t wait for it to get colder in Glendale! I want this so much I can TASTE it!
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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