Brown betty is a tradition desert similar to a cobbler, crumble or bread pudding. They are normally made with apples in the fall, but this being summer, I wanted to make a variation with peaches, which are in season. This is a very easy recipe to make and it is a wonderful summertime treat!
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Step 1: Ingredients
3 Cups peaches - preferably fresh but you can used canned if that's what you have. This is about 4 medium peaches.
3 Cups bread crumbs - This is about 6 slices of sandwich bread
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
4 TBSP butter (unsalted)
1 TBSP Bourbon (optional, but recommended)
Step 2: Prep - Peaches
Peel and cut peaches. Chop into small pieces and place in mixing bowl.
Add brown sugar, bourbon, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
Stir well and set aside.
Step 3: Prep - Breadcrumbs
Place bread in oven at about 350 degrees to dry it out a bit. Basically, you are trying to make it a bit stale.
Conversely, you could just use stale bread if you have it on hand.
Dice the bread and crumble finely. I used a food processor to accomplish this.
Melt the butter and add to the breadcrumb mixture. Give it a quick mix. It's not necessary to over mix it.
Step 4: Optional Step - Fresh Whipped Cream
Add a 1/2 Cup of whipping cream into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 TBSP sugar. Whip or whisk until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Don't wait long.
Step 5: Combine and Bake
Layer the breadcrumb and peaches. There isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to do this. I just went for even layers.
Place into a 375 Fahrenheit oven. Make sure it is covered with either the lid or foil.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Remove cover and lightly stir the mixture, then place back into the oven for and additional 10 minutes uncovered.
Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Step 6: Serve It
Serve hot or warm with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!