Clifford Brown Betty recipe


Clifford Brown Betty

This recipe takes its name from trumpeter Clifford Brown, who made a huge impression on jazz in the 25 years he was alive. An influential musician and composer, three of his tunes — Sandu, Joy Spring and Daahoud — have become jazz standards. Similar to a cobbler or apple crisp, the Brown Betty is a traditional and irresistible dessert made from baked apples and sweetened crumbs. Make it from Jazz apples to add an extra jazzy twist!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple dessert, brown betty
Servings: 6


  • 5 large Jazz apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Spread the sliced apples evenly in the bottom of a 9”x9” baking dish and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the slices.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, the sugars, the spices and salt. Add the cubes of cold butter and use a pastry blender to work the butter into the dry ingredients to create crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the apples evenly.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to cook until the topping is crisp, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.