Brown Betty
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A strawberry Brown Betty with overwhipped cream
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread crumbs, butter, fruit (usually apple, but also berries or pears)

A Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit (usually apple, but also berries or pears) and sweetened crumbs. Similar to a cobbler or apple crisp, the fruit is baked, and, in this case, the sweetened crumbs are placed in layers between the fruit. It is usually served with lemon sauce or whipped cream.

The dish was first mentioned in print in 1864.[1] A recipe from 1877 uses apple sauce and cracker crumbs.[2]

Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman:New York] 1999 (p. 10)
  2. ^ Buckeye Cookery, Estelle Woods Wilcox, facsimile 1877 edition [Applewood Books:Bedford MA] (p. 197)
  3. ^ Kessler, Ronald (1996-04-01). Inside the White House. Simon & Schuster. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-671-87919-8. Retrieved 1 February 2012.