Apple Brown Betty

Comfort Desserts | 2 comments

This recipe is from Toby’s Goodeats restaurant in Toronto, where it has been a famous menu item for many many years. I had enjoyed the dessert at Toby’s, so when the recipe was published in a Toronto newspaper, I had to cut it out and make it at home. Best served with ice cream.

Apple Brown Betty

Joan Donogh
Baked apples with a crumbly topping.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 11 medium sized apples preferably Spy
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon



  • Core and slice apples in eighths. (Peel them too if you prefer. - Toby's made it with the peels on) Spread them over the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 12 inch baking pan.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.
  • To make topping, mix the flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar together, cut in the butter until crumbly. Set aside.


  • Mix 2/3 cup brown sugar with the hot water and lemon juice.
  • Pour half of the syrup over the apples. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over top. Pour the remaining syrup over the topping.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 60 minutes. Serve warm.



  1. Jackie

    Thank you for this!!! You are awesome. I would lightly stew the apples, but i’m going to try this method. I always LOVED Toby’s ABB!!

  2. Regina

    Love your recipes!! for the apple brown betty, I used peaches and it was a hit with the family. 4 stars


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