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.

Everyday Food, November 2012


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.


Reviews (2)

18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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. :-(