Apple Betty

This is another of my Mom’s recipes.  When I was a kid, we didn’t have much money so my dad would go to the local orchard every fall and buy a couple boxes of the less expensive bruised apples. We kids didn’t know any better and they were fine for baking or making applesauce.

I remember my Mom and Dad making this recipe together.

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  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash salt


  • 8 cups pared sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Preheat oven to 375.  Grease a 9″ X 13″ pan.  Make the topping first and set it aside before you prepare the apples so they don’t get a chance to turn brown.

Cut butter into the sugar with a pastry blender or fork.

Add flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend well.

Set topping aside.

Pare, core, and slice the apples.

Mound the apples in the pan.

Pour orange juice evenly over the apples. Spread topping evenly and press down very gently with a fork.

Bake 40 – 45 minutes.

Mom and Dad would be proud.

What memories do you have of apples in the fall?


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10 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    That reminds me, I’ve got to drop by the local orchard and get apples and fresh squeezed cider for our wiener roast Saturday evening. Ya’ll come!
    Looks like a great recipe to try Suzanne. Thanks!

  2. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    I would LOVE to have some fresh from the tree apples right now. Just ain’t gonna happen herein Florida. Hubby still talks about a pie I made in Oregon from apples we picked from the tree.

  3. Paulie says:

    And you made me hungry!

  4. Kathy says:

    Apples make me think of my grandmother’s apple pie. It was so good, I can still taste it 30+ years later. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been looking for a new apple recipe. I will definitely try it out.

  5. Brenda Z says:

    Dateline…mid 1960’s, Eastern Utah…Making apple cider with my best friend and her family on crisp Saturday mornings with the bright leaves falling around us. What a wonderful memory you brought to the front…Thanks Suzanne!!!

  6. Tina says:

    Candy apples the red dipped ones. My Mom used to surprise us every Fall as soon as they were sold.

  7. Madison says:

    I love apples! Especially the small, green, juicy ones!
    ( -////O/-)
    APPLE TREE = (-O///–/-/-O//–)
    (O /–//O-//)

  8. Madison says:

    Oops..My apple tree messed up. 🙁

  9. oh man that looks good! I bought a box of apples last week. I’ve slowly been using them. I do have an apple memory..when I was a kid, our next door neighbors had 4 apple trees in the corner of their property. I saw my older brothers and sisters sneaking onto their property to steal an apple off the trees. I always wanted to do that too..but I was not as brave. I was so afraid to get caught. I am trying really hard to remember if I ever took an apple, but I just can’t remember! Oh, here’s another one: Our neighbors on the other side of us used to give apples for trick or treat. I can tell you, we were not impressed! haha LOL, that is so funny! Ok, one last apple memory. This one was when I was 19 years old…my first apartment was on the second floor of a private home. Right outside my kitchen window was the roof of the porch beneath me. There was a huge apple tree that came right up to the roof. I would climb out my kitchen window onto the roof and pick the apples to make a pie. It was the most awesome experience! I could literally walk in and amongst the branches of the tree. The apples and branches and leaves were all around me. I just loved that!!

  10. Glyndalyn says:

    Looks great. Plan to try it.

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