October 5, 2012

National Apple Betty Day

"I'm a big fan of making baked goods on the day you use them." - David Kamen

It's National Apple Betty Day!

Apple Betty is a classic American dessert that dates from the colonial times. We just learned a few days ago on National Mulled Cider Day that the government required new settlers to plant a certain amount of apple trees because of how well they grew and the bounty of fruit they produced, so it makes sense that these fruit-sweetened desserts originated then.

But what is "apple betty"? It's similar to a crustless apple pie, so think cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and apples. Brown Betty's, however, usually include layers of sweetened breadcrumbs.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I was delighted to find that in many states across the nation the dish is synonymous with apple crisp. My mom makes the absolute best apple crisp in the whole wide world. It was only a couple years ago that she shared with me that it's originally a Betty Crocker recipe (with her extra special ingredient of love, that is). Let's not mess with perfection then (FYI: it's super easy to veganize).

(Photo credit: Remick Photography)

Happy National Apple Betty Day!