Monday, January 31, 2011

Brown Betty~ Who does not love apples, cinnamon and brown sugar?!

One of the greatest compliments my children can give me about my cooking is to ask for it again. Brown Betty is one of those dishes. I consider Brown Betty, aka apple crisp, to be one of the go to comfort foods. Just imagining warm apples with brown sugar and cinnamon makes my mouth water.

I was taking stock of my deep freeze this afternoon to make my meal plan for the up coming week, when I found a hidden bag of assorted chopped apples. It was a toss up, make coffee cake, apple muffins or Brown Betty. I set the apples on the kitchen counter and continued with the task at hand. The oldest daughter caught site of the bag of apples. She asked, "Your making a Brown Betty aren't you?!" So a Brown Betty it would be!

My 1st cookbook!
My recipe comes from the Kraft Cookbook my Mother bought me when I was about 18. I wonder if she could ever imagine how many times I would use this cookbook and how much I cherish it. The pages are starting to be ratty and yellowed. I would not trade this cookbook for anything. It was my first grown up cookbook. My first cookbook ever was a Better Homes and Garden Junior Cookbook. I have wonderful memories cooking with my Mom and cooking on my own. I have since past this gem on to my oldest daughter.
The traditional Brown Betty recipe can be found here.
May your table be bountiful~ blair
Well this did not even make it till dinner.
Sometimes you just gotta eat desert first!

Brown Betty 
6-8 apples of your choice
1/2 C brown rice flour
1/2 C oatmeal * see note below
1 C packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 C earth balance softened
2 Tbsp brown flax seed (optional)
2-4 Tbsp water (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in baking dish, No need to grease. If your apples are not golden delish you might want to add 2-4 Tbsp of water.

Combine brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon and earth balance. Mix well. I add flax seed to give a little nutty flavor. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve warm. We always eat this with vanilla soy or coconut ice cream. Just to cut the sweet!

Please note:
  I cannot wait till there is smellvision on the internet!
There is much controversy over consuming oatmeal due to the possibilities of cross contamination with wheat when grown.  My children seem to tolerate oatmeal just fine. If needed, you may omit the 1/2 C oatmeal and use 1 C of brown rice flour instead.

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