Apple Brown Betty

This recipe is from Toby’s Goodeats restaurant in Toronto, where it has been a famous menu item for many many years. I had enjoyed the dessert at Toby’s, so when the recipe was published in a Toronto newspaper, I had to cut it out and make it at home. Best served with ice cream.

Apple Brown Betty
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Baked apples with a crumbly topping.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 11 medium sized apples, preferably Spy
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  1. Core and slice apples in eighths. (Peel them too if you prefer. - Toby's made it with the peels on) Spread them over the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 12 inch baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.
  3. To make topping, mix the flour and ¾ cup brown sugar together, cut in the butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  1. Mix ⅔ cup brown sugar with the hot water and lemon juice.
  2. Pour half of the syrup over the apples. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over top. Pour the remaining syrup over the topping.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 60 minutes. Serve warm.


2 Reviews of Apple Brown Betty

  1. Jackie December 24, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Thank you for this!!! You are awesome. I would lightly stew the apples, but i’m going to try this method. I always LOVED Toby’s ABB!!

  2. Regina March 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    Love your recipes!! for the apple brown betty, I used peaches and it was a hit with the family. 4 stars

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