Peach and Biscoff Brown Betty


The Betty is very simple -layered fruit and a crumb mixture and then baked in the oven...That’s it, easy.  Any and every seasonal fruit would work, pears for the fall, cranberries for winter, strawberries for spring, stone fruits for summer.  The crumbs are traditionally made with day old bread and it makes a fantastic crust but think about pretzel crumbs, cookie crumbs, dried pound cake crumbs, use what you have on hand.     


I wanted to make a Brown Betty with peaches that I just picked up from the farmers market on Saturday and when I think of peaches I think of warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.  So I thought of Biscoff  Cookies, the cookie of choice on Airlines in the 1950s. They have a wonderful flavor spice flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and are naturally dairy free.   I can find them at my local supermarket but if you can’t find them graham crackers would work great as well!



Peach and Biscoff Brown Betty


9 inch Pie or Cake Pan
Preheat oven to 350


Ingredients
  • 4 Medium Size Peaches
  • ¼ Sugar, I use organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 2 Cups Biscoff Crumbs (About 20 Cookies)
  • 4 Tbsp.  Earth Balance Butter, Melted



Directions
I leave the skin on the peaches because I like the texture, make sure your peaches are juicy.  
  1. Remove pit and cut each peach into 12 pieces, add to large bowl.  Add sugar, Chinese 5 Spice and fresh ginger, stir into peaches are covered and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl add Biscoff crumbs and melted butter, mix until combined.
  3. Grease  pie plate and add ⅓ crumb mixture and spread out evenly.  Add ½ of the peaches in a nice even layer, top with ⅓ of the crumbs.  Add the second ½ of the peaches in an even layer and top with the last ⅓ of the crumbs.
  4. Cover with foil, place on cookie sheet and bake 40 minutes.  Uncover and turn the oven up to 400 and bake 20 more minutes.  The top should be crispy and the fruit should be bobbling.
  5. Remove from oven and rest 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with ice cream of your choice.

To Make Cookie Crumbs
Blend in food processor or crumble by hand by putting cookies in zip top bag and crushing with rolling pin.

Here's how I did it!
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