CEimB: Apple Brown Betty

by Joanne on October 14, 2010

Lucky Betty!  She has such a delicious dessert named after her.  She will never be forgotten. 


This week’s recipe from CEimB, is hosted by Jessica of Learning to Love Vegetables.


Although the photos look dark (ok…burnt), the dessert was perfect.  You see, I used molasses in place of the brown sugar which colored my wheat bread a very dark, almost black color before it was cooked.  The result:  Excellent!  We really loved the molasses, not too sweet flavor.  For the original recipe, go to Jessica’s site or HERE for the foodnetwork online version.  The Apple Crumbles version goes like this…..


  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced *Ellie uses 5 large apples
  • 1/2 cup apple cider  *Ellie uses 1 cup
  • 3 TBS molasses, divided  *Ellie uses brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided  *Ellie uses 1 tsp
  • 1 TBS Promise Healthy Heart margarine, melted  *Ellie uses 2 TBS Butter
  • 3 slices of whole wheat bread, chopped up really small  *Ellie uses the same amount with more apples than I used.
  • 3 TBS chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F

Combine apples, cider, 1 TBS molasses, vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon in large pan over medium high heat. Cook and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into a 9” pie plate.

Mix the chopped bread pieces with the melted Promise margarine, mix with the walnuts, remaining molasses, cinnamon and scatter over apple mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes.


Excellent choice Jessica!  There is only one small morsel remaining and I have dibs!

Wish me luck guys!  I’m off to Kansas for the California Raisin Bread competition featuring my Morning Glory Buns.


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  • At 2010.10.14 05:33, claudia lamascolo said:

    Good luck and have a great time!

    • At 2010.10.14 09:17, Bonnie said:

      You have our vote for #1!! Best luck and hope you have fun too!

      • At 2010.10.14 10:31, Heather said:

        Yay! Good luck – can’t wait to hear all about it!

        • At 2010.10.14 11:15, Kim - Liv Life said:

          Mmmm!! I love Betty’s, Crumbles… pies, etc! I’m recently liking molasses better and better, so I’m loving that sub here. My farmers market guy said he would have some fresh apples this weekend, we just might have to make a betty!

          • At 2010.10.14 12:10, FOODESSA said:

            Any recipe that integrates molasses is great in my book…especially since it sneaks in the very essential iron my body craves ;o)

            Joanne…much success in the competition and looking forward to reading more about the excitement.

            Ciao for now,

            • At 2010.10.14 12:22, Bri said:

              Wow, molasses, clever choice! Despite the dark color, yours looks decadent!

              • At 2010.10.14 12:28, Kayte said:

                I wondered what you did different when I saw your photo as mine doesn’t look anything like that…molasses must be it! Happy to hear that you liked it because this dessert was just perfect, we didn’t miss the extra butter and sugar a single bit. Molasses, huh? Might have to try that…we love molasses in things, especially this time of year.

                • At 2010.10.14 15:34, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                  Sending good vibes to Kansas!!! Love the molasses in the dish. Me and molasses are good friends.

                  • At 2010.10.14 18:00, Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice said:

                    This looks great! Love the sub of molasses. And the whipped cream is money. Good luck!

                    • At 2010.10.14 20:23, Monet said:

                      This looks like a delicious dessert that you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating (unless you put half a carton of ice cream on top like me!) I bet the molasses adds some great flavor. Thank you for sharing this with me!

                      • At 2010.10.18 18:23, Liz said:

                        Molasses sounds like a great substitution though I was originally thinking your dish looked a little burnt : ) Glad to know it turned out well. I would say good luck in Kansas, but I know I’m late reading this. I saw your recent post, and I’m sorry you didn’t win though it looks like you had a good time!

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