Enjoy a sweet treat with an American classic
Apple Walnut Rum Brown Betty is a traditional American staple
By the editors of Relish Magazine | 9/12/2015, 6 a.m.
Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar, topped with breadcrumbs, walnuts and butter — what’s not to like? A traditional dessert dating back to Colonial times, Brown Betty may not be a looker, but it’s steadfast and true. This cobbler-like dessert is low in fat and high in fiber. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 6 large apples, peeled, sliced in ¼-inch slices (Fuji, Gala, Delicious), about 2 pounds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 6 ounce cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- ¼ cup dark rum
- n 2 slices whole grain bread
- n 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- n ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
- n 2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine apples, ½ tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, ¼ cup brown sugar, cranberry juice, cranberries and rum in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until fruit is softened but not mushy, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer to a gratin dish or 9-inch glass pie plate.
Place bread in a food processor and pulse to form coarse crumbs.
Combine breadcrumbs, walnuts, oats, butter and remaining ¼ cup brown sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl, working mixture with your fingers to blend. Sprinkle over apples and bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Serves 6.
— Recipe by Steven Petusevsky. Photo by Jessica Merchant.