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Apple Brown Betty

  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:1 1/2 hr
February 2000
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs from a baguette
  • 4 large crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Gala
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet and remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon, salt, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar, then stir in bread crumbs. Sprinkle one third of crumbs over bottom of a 1-quart shallow baking dish.
  • Peel and coarsely chop 2 apples. Cook with water and remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Purée chopped apples with cooking liquid in a blender.
  • Peel remaining 2 apples and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges. Arrange wedges over crumbs, then pour hot purée over wedges. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs.
  • Bake in middle of oven until top is golden brown and apples are tender, about 40 minutes. Cool on rack 10 minutes and serve with frozen yogurt.