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Apple Brown Betty Recipe and Winning the War

Here's how the 'greatest generation' sacrificed for us at home and abroad.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, the government rationed foods beginning with sugar but soon including butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat, and canned goods. U.S. citizens could not purchase sugar and other foods without government-issued food coupons.

In order to provide U.S. soldiers with the nutrition required for strength and vitality, posters like "Sugar Rationing" urged Americans to reduce their personal consumption of sugar. And to keep America's military rolling the U.S. government enforced rationing rules on gasoline, tires, shoes, and clothing.

And here is the recipe to mark history this Fourth of July!

Apple Brown Betty

Adapted from the “Sweets Without Sugar” pamphlet distributed by the Federal Food Board of New York in 1918.

Start to finish: Approximately 1 hour


Servings: 10

  • • 5 medium apples
  • • 1¼ cups bread crumbs
  • • 4 tablespoons of melted butter or cooking fat

  • • ¼ cup hot water
  • • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • • 5 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • • ½ teaspoon salt
  • • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Grease a glass or ceramic baking dish and preheat oven to 350° F.

    Pare the apples and cut them into thin slices. Toss the bread crumbs with the melted fat in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the hot water, lemon juice, corn syrup, salt and cinnamon together.

    Distribute a third of the bread crumb mixture into the bottom of the greased dish and top with half of the sliced apples and half of the liquid. Repeat with another layer of bread crumbs, apples and liquid and top with the remaining bread crumbs.

    Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

    Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream. Photo Credit Eclectic Recipes

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