Monday, 7 December 2015

Whoa Brown Betty, Bam-a-Lam

Whoa Brown Betty, bam-a-lam
Whoa Brown Betty, bam-a-lam
I coulda made an apple pie, bam-a-lam
But that ain't my style, bam-a-lam
Ate Brown Betty and smiled
The damn thing gone wild
I said whoa Brown Betty, bam-a-lam
Whoa Brown Betty, bam-a-lam

Make this.  It's good.

Taylor's Brown Betty (bam-a-lam)

1 bag of apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (approximately, just estimate, whatever looks good)
1/2 cup sugar

Place apples in a 9x13 pan and sprinkle with sugar

Streusel Topping:
1 cup flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup hard margarine, cut up

Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Scatter evenly over apples.  Press down lightly.
Bake, uncovered, at 375F for 40 minutes, until apples are tender.

This recipe is based off a Brown Betty recipe of my dad's, but I've changed it slightly.

The original recipe called for a little more sugar, but I found that with all the brown sugar, you don't really need so much white sugar.  It also called for 1 1/4 cup of flour but I found it to be too floury.  I'm not sure what purpose the salt serves so if you're at all concerned with your salt intake, you could probably leave it out.  The original recipe didn't call for oatmeal or cinnamon (what?) at all, but to me, that's one of the best parts.

What's the difference between a crisp and a Brown Betty anyway?  I read this great article from Huffington Post explaining the difference.

"A crumble is a baked dish of fresh fruit that is topped with an oat-based streusel (though oats don't always make it into this dessert)."  A crisp is the same as a crumble.  "A Brown Betty uses the same kinds of crumbs as a crisp, but there is a layer under the fruit as well as on top of the fruit."  So technically this recipe is a crisp, not a Brown Betty, but I see no reason why you couldn't split the topping between the top and bottom or make extra topping to put on the bottom for a true Brown Betty.

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