Apple Brown Betty

*Apple Brown Betty*
Serves 4 to 6

A favourite dessert of many. This makes good use of stale bread. Who knew that with such simple ingredients as bread, apples, butter, and sugar, you could make something so delicious and magnificent! It’s magic! When rhubarb replaces the apples, it is known as Blushing Betty! Another fine example of North American Colonial thrift!

3 cups soft bread cubes (remove crusts)
7 TBS melted butter
3 cups sliced, peeled tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 cup castor sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
½ cup water
Grated zest of 1 lemon
3 TBS lemon juice
Light cream or vanilla ice cream for serving

Pre-heat oven to 180*C/375*F. Butter a shallow 1 ½ litre baking dish.

Place half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Mix the remaining cubes with 2 TBS of melted butter and set aside.

Spread the apple slices over the bread cubes in the baking dish. Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, lemon juice, lemon rind and the remaining5 TBS of butter. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour evenly over the apples, then top with the reserved bread cubes.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the bread is well browned. If it is browning too quickly, cover lightly with foil. Serve warm or cold with cream or ice cream.