NATIONAL APPLE BETTY DAY | OCTOBER 5
On October 5, fall ushers in National Apple Betty Day with a sweet aroma of apples baked in cinnamon and oats.
Similar to what is known as apple crisp, crumble, or cobbler, the American variant known as the Betty or Brown Betty dates from colonial times. Most Apple Betty recipes call for cinnamon, sugar, and butter to make the crumbs that top sliced apples. Sometimes oats or flour are added, too.
As the temperatures begin dropping outside, apple Betty recipes warm the home and fill it with delicious fragrances. Apple Betty recipes also allow a child’s hand to help prepare the dessert, making it a family event. The season is ideal for this treat, too. Tart apples just off the tree call out for autumn recipes like these.
Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House.
HOW TO OBSERVE APPLE BETTY DAY
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NATIONAL APPLE BETTY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet autumn food holiday.
Apple Betty FAQ
Q. What kind of apples are best when making an Apple Betty?
A. Tart, crisp apples are best for making an Apple Betty. Apples like Granny Smith and Braeburn hold up to baking and won’t be overly sweet when combined with the sugar and other ingredients.
Q. What is the difference between an apple betty, apple cobbler, and apple crisp?
A. All three desserts bring out the flavor of crisp, tart apples. They also fill the home with the aroma of fall. However, the textures of each one differ from the others. An apple betty is topped with a crumble made from flour, butter, and spices. Apple cobbler is topped with a cake-like batter with baking soda to help it rise. Apple crisp is probably the most similar to the apple betty. However, apple crisp recipes typically call for oats in the topping to create a coarser texture.
Q. What other apple-themed days are on the calendar?
A. There are many apple days on the calendar. At the end of October, National Carmel Apple Day wraps up the month and in December National Eat a Red Apple Day wraps up the year with regards to apple-themed days.