Friday, August 28, 2009

Apple Brown Betty for PotLuck Party

A brown betty is a simple American dessert made by layering fruits and buttery sugared and spiced bread crumbs (breadcubes) and baked till cooked.Usually apples or berries are used for this.This dish is similar to cobbler and crisp but very fussfree compared to these.What distinguishes the brown betty from the others is the use of bread crumbs.There are several regional versions available as well with many or few differences either in the use of spices,nuts or layering ,some using bread cubes etc like an Appalachian version starts layering with the breadcrumbs and adds specific spices to the apples, etc.Thus the dish is very flexible and you can follow your vision of making this dish.It was perfect when I microwavized the basic version I found here .

Ingredients:
Apples: 2 cups peeled,cored and cubed (3 medium apples)
Lemon juice: 1/2 small lemon (optional)
Orange/Lemon zest optional

Breadcrumbs: 1/2 cup
BrownSugar: 1/2 cup
Walnuts (or any nuts): chopped handful
Butter: 2 tbsp + more as needed

Cinnamon powder/Clove Powder/ Ginger Powder: as required (OPTIONAL)
(can use cardamom powdered as well)
Salt: optional

Preparation:
In a big bowl,mix together brownsugar,breadcrumbs,nuts and spices.To this add melted and little cooled butter (2 tbsp) and mix well.I melted butter by microwaving it for 15-20 seconds in a mw safe bowl.Also you can optionally add salt to this as it brings out the flavour.Since I used salted butter,I avoided this.

Peel core and cube the apples.Optionally to prevent darkening,mix it with lemonjuice and if you like add orange/lemon zest to it.

Grease microwave safe serving bowls with little oil/butter/spray and layer few cubes of apples in it.It looks like....

Top the apple layer with the little bread crumbs mixture -needed as much to cover the apples.

Top this with second layer of apples.

Top this apple layer again with bread crumbs mixture.Repeat the process for another layer or two making sure the breadcrumbs layer is the topmost.I went for two layers only.Sprinkle/dot the top layer with crumbled/chopped butter.


Microwave on high power for 4 minutes or until the buttermelts,the apples release juice and get cooked and everything blends in.


Instead of sprinkling butter or in addition to it,you can also add around 3-4 tbsp of applejuice/water to it.This makes it more appley and moist and a puddingy texture.I didnot do this, so I think mine has got a dry top.A single serving bowl takes around 3-4 minutes,and a big bowl takes around 4-5 minutes.You can use two bowls (or three) at a time and the time depends on the power of your microwave and may vary 1 or 2 minutes.

This dish is on way to Microwave Easy Cooking:Potluck party hosted this time by the creator herself,Srivalli.

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