Peggy Hill’s Apple Brown Betty
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Peggy Hill is known for her special takes on recipes, such as her “Spapeggy and Meatballs” which requires just the right amount of sugar and grated parmigiana of cheese. But perhaps her most famous recipe is her secret Platter Family recipe for Apple Brown Betty. Thanks to Minh Souphanousinphone for adding the finishing ingredient.
Here are the ingredients I found in the commissary:
1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups 1/4-inch bread cubes
2 Tbsp melted butter
Grated rind of 1 lemon
2 pounds large apples
2 to 4 Tbsp cold water (optional)
1 tsp orange juice
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Combine the nutmeg and the sugar and set aside 2 tablespoons.
- Cut bread into cubes and bake for 10 minutes at 375F
- Grate Lemon
- Put the bread cubes in a bowl and toss with the rest of the sugar mixture, melted butter, lemon rind and orange juice.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into wedges.
- Line the bottom of a heavy 1 1/2-quart casserole with about 1 cup of the bread cubes.
- Layer half of the apples over the bread and top with 1/2 cup of the bread cubes.
- Layer the rest of the apples in the casserole and cover with the rest of the bread cubes and evenly sprinkle the reserved 2 Tbsp of sugar over the top.
- Place lid on casserole or cover tightly with foil.
- Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
- Take the lid off the Betty, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until apples are tender and the topping is brown.