New York Apple Betty


Courtesy of Food Network

Similar in texture to a cobbler or crisp, an apple betty combines fruit and sweetened breadcrumbs for a quick and easy, yet big-on-flavor dessert. In this version, New York apple slices are simmered with New York apple cider and brown sugar, then sprinkled with a crunchy topping of spiced buttered breadcrumbs and walnuts.


  • 5 large NY apples (about 2 pounds), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup NY apple cider
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350⁰F.
  2. Combine NY apples, NY apple cider, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, vanilla and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter until melted; remove from heat and transfer apple mixture to a 9-inch glass pie plate.
  3. Place bread in food processor and process until crumbs are formed, about 15 seconds. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in microwave for 20 seconds. Toss crumbs with melted butter, walnuts, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Scatter crumb mixture on top of apples and bake for 30 minutes, until topping is crisped and lightly browned.