2applesI used honey-crisp variety. Approx 462 grams. Peeled, cored, and sliced.
5bread slicesI used Dave's Killer bread. Edges removed and cut into cubes.
1tbspbutterat room temperature
For the Syrup
1/4cupdark maple syrup
Prepare the syrup
In a mixing bowl, add the dark maple syrup, water, allspice, and orange zest. Mix well and blend the allspice thoroughly. Peel, core, and slice the apples and remove the bread's edges and chop them into cubes and set aside.
Layer the bread and apples
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use the room-temperature butter and generously butter the baking dish.
Place half of the bread slices in the baking dish and spread them evenly. Then place half the apple slices. Then sprinkle 2 tbsps of brown sugar.
Now place the remaining half the bread slices, followed by the apples. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top. Gently and evenly pour the prepared maple syrup mix on the top.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and using a fork, poke a few holes like below.
Bake the brown betty
Bake this for 45 minutes at 350 deg F. After 45 minutes, remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes.
That's it. Apple Brown Betty is ready. Let it cool and serve it as is or with ice cream or whipped cream.
You can use the apple variety that you have in hand.
Instead of dark maple syrup, you can use light maple syrup or old-fashioned syrup also. Alternatively, you can skip the syrup and use more sugar instead. In that case, add 1/4 more cup of water.
I highly recommend brown sugar for this recipe.
Allspice powder can be replaced with ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon or just with ground cinnamon alone.
Lemon / Lime / Orange zest can also be used, and also you can use about 2 tbsps of juice for added flavor.
I did not use any additional butter other than for greasing the baking dish. But along with sugar, you can drizzle 1 tbsp of melted butter while forming the layers.
You can use white/wheat/multi-grain bread of your choice.