Apple Brown Betty

Yield 4 Servings

Free of: gluten and top 8 allergens.

One of Walt Disney's favorite desserts, Apple Brown Betty is loaded with the best fall has to offer.


6 -7 slices allergy friendly bread, crusts included (such as Follow Your Heart Brioche)

1/2 cup prepared apple butter

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

5 cups chopped tart apples, approximately 5 or 6 medium apples (see recipe notes)

2 tbsp orange juice (see recipe notes)

6 tbsp dairy-free, soy-free margarine (such as Earth Balance), melted and divided (4 tbsp + 2 tbsp)

2 tsp granulated sugar

Vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Stack a couple of slices of bread. Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into 3/4-inch strips. Cut the strips crosswise into 3/4-inch cubes. Repeat with the remaining slices. You should have 4 cups of cubed bread.
  3. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once. They will not be completely dry. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 
  4. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Spread apple butter evenly on bottom of baking dish. Set aside.
  5. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Peel, core and cut approximately 6 or 7 apples into quarters. Cut the quarters lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Cut slices in half crosswise. You will need 5 cups.
  7. Combine apples with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  8. Add orange juice, bread cubes and drizzle with 4 tbsp allergen-free margarine. Toss gently to combine. Place in baking dish.
  9. Brush the top with remaining allergen-free margarine. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  10. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the apples are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and crisp.
  11. Serve warm with your favorite non-dairy frozen dessert.


  • We used a combination of Granny Smith, Braeburn and Gala apples.
  • Berries, peaches or pears can be substituted for the apples, though the baking time may need to be adjusted.
  • Early versions of this dessert include dry sherry. If you're up to it, replace the orange juice with dry sherry. We recommend a "Fino" sherry.

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Recipe by Allergy Chefs at