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When I signed up for this blog hop, I knew exactly what recipe I would offer: my grandmother’s famous chocolate cake. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, I have a recipe for Baked Apple Betty from my childhood. All forms of Apple Cobbler, Brown Betty, Dumplings, etc., have always been my favourite dessert after bread pudding; so it seems fitting that I would offer an apple dessert for you today. Perhaps I like this particular recipe because it is almost like an apple bread pudding.
Now every cook has a unique process, and I will share mine. The original recipe is actually quite simple, but I have tried to make it as complicated as possible. This includes several optional steps as well (steps 1 through 5 and a few others along the way), but I think it will make sense....
Baked Apple Betty in Only 19 Steps
10 slices stale, thin white bread
3 cups apple slices
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter plus a little more for dotting
1 cup boiling water
1. Tear your house apart going through every recipe anyone ever gave you since the Reagan administration searching for the recipe for your grandmother's chocolate cake. (Optional)
2. Give up and decide to make your friend's "famous" rum cake recipe only to find out it was actually made famous by Bacardi. (Optional)
3. Check several other friends' "original" recipes given to you over the years and find all of them on the Internet as well! (Optional)
4. Fix a cocktail. (Optional but recommended)
5. Locate a recipe scrawled in your own sixth grade penmanship for Baked Apple Betty, check Internet, rejoice when matching recipe isn't found. Go into apoplexy upon realization that ALL ingredients are in the house! (Optional but, at this point, unavoidable)
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
7. Since the recipe calls for 3 cups of "apple slices," slice the apples and mix them together with the raisins and brown sugar.
8. Cut crusts off of bread.
9. Toss bread crusts onto floor for dogs.
11. Fix another cocktail.
12. Go rogue - add cinnamon to apples even though it's not in the recipe.
13. Grease a rectangular baking dish.
14. Place a layer of bread slices, followed by a layer of apple slices, then another layer of bread slices, and then the rest of the apple slices.
15. Dot top with butter and pour 1 cup boiling water over all.
16. Set timer for 30 minutes; relax with another cocktail while you wait. You deserve it!
17. Call your husband and ask if he could please bring home some vanilla ice cream.
18. After 30 minutes, remove bubbling from oven.
19. Serve warm over ice cream or with crème fraîche or whipped cream.
For 8 servings, each portion has 245 calories, 8 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams protein, 45 grams carbohydrate (from Myfitnesspal.com).
Don't forget to leave a comment below with your email address. I'll be drawing for the $10 Amazon Gift Card Monday night! And be sure to hop on over to the other Secret Cravings authors delicious blog posts and special Just Desserts Giveaways!
UPDATE: The Winner of the Amazon Gift Card, as chosen by Random.org is Beckey from York Haven, PA.
Please drop by for coffee on Tuesday when my guest will be fellow Austen Author Shannon Winslow to tell us all about her latest release Return to Longbourn!