October 5th — National Apple Betty Day

Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit and day-old or stale bread cubes with fruit and spices, usually apples.

 

According to Wikipedia, the dish was first mentioned in print in 1864 in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. A version of the dessert, using applesauce and cracker crumbs was included in the 1877 cookbook Buckeye Cookery by Estelle Woods Wilcox. Not to be confused with, but similar to, apple crisp or pan dowdy, Brown Betty is a great way to use leftover bread, becoming a sort-of fruity bread pudding.

Try one of these versions for your next dessert:

 

 

 

 

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