National apple brown betty day
October 5th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

It's a good bet that we'll be celebrating October 5, otherwise known as National Apple Brown Betty Day.

An apple brown betty is a cross between a cobbler and a bread pudding. This popular, colonial-era baked pudding is made by alternating baked apples with buttered or sweetened bread crumbs.

The brown refers to the brown sugar used to sweeten the apples. Though it’s not clear who the original Betty was, she sure did know how to make a killer dessert. Some older cookbooks say that in the South, it was called a Betty, while up north, it was referred to as a pandowdy.

Some recipes call for apple cider to be added to the layers, others lemon juice. Most season the apples with cinnamon, a traditional pie spice.

Like pie, an apple brown betty is best served with a scoop of ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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  1. dfrancis

    Had never heard of a "Brown Betty" before, but looks awesome. Will give it a try!

    October 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  2. Jerv

    Dayum, that photo looks really good.

    October 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply

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