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Recipe: Apple Pear Betty

We love this fruit filled apple Pear Betty recipe, an irresistible rustic dessert that’s great for holiday entertaining. Comes together quickly!

6 to 8 servings

1 stick unsalted butter, plus more to grease the dish
2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs or panko
2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
2 Honey Crisp apples, thinly sliced
2 firm pears
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
–for serving
toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Pre heat the oven to 375˚
Prepare a 2 quart baking dish with baking spray or softened butter.
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Bring the butter to a boil, let it foam then settle. Stir occasionally until brown flecks appear, 5-6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl immediately.
In another bowl, toss the apples and pears with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Next, toss with the 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon and salt. Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Toss the breadcrumbs with the browned butter. Scatter 1/3 of this mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the fruit mixture. Repeat with another layer of breadcrumbs, then fruit, then finish with the top layer being the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar.
Bake, covered with foil for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the apples and pears are almost soft and the filling is bubbling.
Remove the foil and increase the temperature to 400˚ Continue to bake until the top is golden brown and the fruit is softened, another 10-15 minutes.
Let cool 15 minutes and top with toasted nuts. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or both!

~ Marla Meridith