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Ample Brown Betty

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.


50-60 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
Evelyn Kennell of Roanoke, Illinois sends the recipe for Ample Brown Betty. It's great for using leftover bread.


  • 2 loaves (20 ounces each) white bread with crusts, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 32 cups)
  • 2 cups butter, melted
  • 40 cups (about 12 pounds) sliced peeled apples
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Toss bread cubes with butter; divide half of the cubes among four greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Arrange apples over bread, using 10 cups per pan. Mix 2 cups of brown sugar, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon; divide into fourths and sprinkle over the apples. Mix water and lemon juice; pour a fourth into each pan. Top with remaining bread cubes. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar equally over pans. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 25-30 minutes longer.

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