Just Desserts Delicious Blog Hop - Baked Apple Betty

Greetings and felicitations! Welcome to the Secret Cravings Publishing Just Desserts Delicious Blog Hop, with 34 authors to delight you with delectable offerings! Be sure to visit them all.

PLUS leave a comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, which you can use toward both my novels  Pulse and Prejudice and All My Tomorrows or, in case you've already read both of those, your favourite dessert cookbook!  UPDATE:  The Winner of the Amazon Gift Card, as chosen by Random.org is Beckey from York Haven, PA.

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 

Required Ingredients (I only used 3 apples) 

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)

Where the hell is that £¥©%!*#! recipe?!?!?!?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)

I chose Tickled Pink: 1/2 Kinky Liqueur, 1/2 bubbly pink moscata

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)

7. Mix together apple slices, raisins, and brown sugar.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.

Steps 8, 9, and 10.

11. All that slicing and buttering can be stressful!10. Butter bread (here I melted the butter and brushed it on).

11. Fix another cocktail.

12. Go rogue - add cinnamon to apples even though it's not in the recipe.

12. Going rogue with cinnamon
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.

14. Layering bread, apples, bread, apples

15. Dotting with butter
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!

Whew~ All done! Finally time to relax with a cocktail!

17. Call your husband and ask if he could please bring home some vanilla ice cream.

18. After 30 minutes, remove bubbling from oven.

18. The finished product: Looks wonderful & smells even better!

19. I stirred everything all together and served over ice cream. Yum!

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!


  1. thanks for sharing! :) saw this in AA facebook group! hope i win!

    jsnato at gmail

  2. Oh my gosh this looks SO good! I would love to try the recipe on the cover of your book, they look wonderful too! :) Thanks for the giveaway and the recipe!

  3. Great recipe and instructions!! :)


  4. Oh wow that looks good (minus the raisins, but I'm picky)...I want to try this one...I have the ingredients.

    (P.S. I LOVE the optional steps :) )

  5. I need step by step recipes. Thanks!

  6. Okay, I'm not even going to try to wipe the grin from my face. I so needed your Steps today.

    Thanks and )))Corset Hug(((

  7. I loved the part about the bread crusts for the dogs. Mine would be right there! Also my dad always says that the cook needs a drink! Gotta love it!

  8. Hope the chocolate recipe turns up for you! I've heard of brown betty and always wondered how to make it. Thanks so much for sharing! By the way, step #4 is very necessary:)

  9. Oh lord! This sounds just like my crazed methods for getting a promised dish ready for a family or social event.

    I love apple desserts and the way my house smells when its baking.

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. forgot email: sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  10. My favorite is #4. A cocktail while baking is always on my ingredients list.

  11. Loving all the sweet treats

  12. I think my hubby is a fan of this dessert; thanks for the step-by-step instructions!


  13. Love the post. Especially the "Fix another cocktail." Cheers!

  14. Stopping in from the hop.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    khriscc at yahoo dot com

  15. You had me chuckling at your instructions, I needed that. The recipe sounds pretty easy actually :)


  16. Fixing cocktails while cooking is always a must! Love the recipe, does it need any particular type of apples?


    1. I used 1 red delicious and 2 gala, so I'm going to say no. ;)

  17. Tastes great madewith Braeburn apples and a rum and coke....

    cpnclprashe at yahoo

  18. Baked apples is one of my husband's favorites. (I still prefer chocolate, but hey, variety. Right?) This looks good. Can't wait to try it.

  19. With all the baking I do, I can't believe I've never made apple brown betty--looks great!


  20. That looks like an interesting delish recipe... (Ps I do the same with my four legged members too...what's funny is the way they slide into the kitchen to get it without being called...)


    1. Congratulations! You are the winner of the Amazon Gift Card!

  21. Looks delicious!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  22. Speaking of chocolate cake, our family recipe is Red Devil's Food Cake. I made a poundcake once from a recipe that belonged to my grandma.



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