It would be nice to say that Betties were named after an early American cook who had a way with apple desserts, but there was no Betty. Betties are simple combinations of spiced fruit, usually apples, baked between layers of buttered crumbs. This version is dressed up with golden raisins and orange marmalade.
|Butter (for the pan)|
|5||ounces firm, white bread, made into crumbs (about 2½ cups)|
|6||tablespoons unsalted butter, melted|
1. Set the oven at 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch-square baking dish.
2. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and butter. Stir well; set aside.
|4||large (about 2 pounds) baking apples (Cortland,
Baldwin, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy) peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
|¼||cup granulated sugar|
|¼||cup packed light brown sugar|
|⅓||cup golden raisins|
|½||teaspoon ground cinnamon|
|½||cup apple cider|
|⅓||cup orange marmalade|
|¾||cup heavy cream, whipped until it holds soft peaks, with 1½ tablespoons confectioners’ sugar|
1. In a bowl, combine the apples, granulated and brown sugars, raisins, cinnamon, and cider. Sprinkle about one-third of the crumb mixture in the bottom of the dish. Spoon half the apple mixture on top; dot with half the marmalade. Sprinkle with half the remaining crumbs. Top with the remaining apples, marmalade, and crumbs.
2. Cover loosely with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Total baking time is 55 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.