This homey apple recipe dates back to Colonial times in America. Made with layers of sliced fresh apples and plump raisins, and sprinkled with sugar and spices in a buttery oat topping, it is lower in fat than many apple desserts.
Apple Brown Betty reminds us of a time when food was prepared simply from the fruits of earth.
6 Golden Delicious apples, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup quick oats
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Coat an 11-inch by 7-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the apples, apple juice concentrate, raisins, cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons of the flour. Spoon into the prepared dish.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter, and the remaining 1/3 cup of flour. Stir to mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Bake for 1 hour, or until bubbly and golden brown, Serve warm.
Adapted from Homestyle Cooking Made Healthy, by Jeanne Jones (Rodale Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Jeanne Jones. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from Homestyle Cooking Made Healthy, by Jeanne Jones (Rodale Press, 1999).