There's something about baked apples that is comforting. In the middle of the week, I need something to wrap me up and look forward to it's almost the weekend! This is simple and believe it or not, a light middle of the week "pick-me-up".
Apple Brown Betty - Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cube seven slices of bread, preferably honey wheat.
Using 1 tablespoon of the butter, liberally coat a shallow baking dish. Be liberal with the butter. and say to yourself butter is good!
Peel, core and thinly slice 3 Granny Smith apples.
In a small bowl combine cubed bread, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, and a pinch of salt and toss to thoroughly combine.
Scatter 3 tablespoons of the bread/sugar mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish.
Top with half of the apples.
Sprinkle the cubed bread pieces over the apples.
Dot with small pats of butter. Then repeat the layering process with the remaining bread/sugar mixture, apples and butter. Drizzle about 1/3 cup of water over the top.
Bake until the apples are bubbly and tender and the crumbs are nicely browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Check every 15 minutes or so and if it looks like the apples are getting too brown, cover with aluminum foil until the last five minutes of baking.
Cool briefly and dish it up warm. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or top with a spoonful of whipped topping (you're allowed to do that).