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Apple-Date Betty

As American as apple betty. Yes, this dessert dates to Colonial times. The warm spiced apples topped with sweet breadcrumbs make it a great stand-in for pie.

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  • Servings: 6
Apple-Date Betty

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012


  • 5 slices country white sandwich bread, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider, divided
  • 5 Granny Smith apples (2 1/2 pounds total), peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates, preferably Medjool (4 ounces)
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Heavy cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scatter bread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until dry and light golden brown, about 12 minutes, tossing halfway through. Crush half the bread to make crumbs. In a large bowl, combine butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3 tablespoons cider, then stir in bread pieces and crumbs.

  2. Combine apples, dates, flour, lemon juice, salt, allspice, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cider. Stir in 1/2 cup bread mixture. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish and top with remaining bread mixture. Cover with foil and bake until bubbling in center, 40 to 55 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden, 5 minutes more. Let cool 15 minutes (or let sit at room temperature, up to 8 hours). To serve, divide among bowls and top with cream.

Cook's Note

Let cool 15 minutes or let sit at room temperature up to 8 hours.


Reviews (2)

  • kitchengrrl 4 Nov, 2012

    This was very tasty and easy, homey and comfort food. I think the dates pretty much disappear as both a flavor and a texture. We all agreed we'd prefer to add a similar amount of Craisins instead for a little flavor kick.

  • pattipoopidoo 1 Nov, 2012

    My bread crumbs did not come close to being dry after the 12 minutes, so they were very soggy on top of the apple mixture from the start. End result tasted like a soggy, sugary pieces of whites bread on top of apples that weren't cooked enough. 7 hours after serving, it found a home in the garbage disposal.
    Ugh. :-(

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