Wild Orange Apple Betty

| 2/17/2015 11:39:00 AM

Annie MillerOur family has a Valentine’s Day tradition. My husband and I “date” throughout the year. We choose to spend Valentine’s Day with our children. To make it special, we all plan the menu with input from each family member. We keep it simple so that prep time and clean up is easy and then enjoy the meal and family time together.

Since I have been making a tremendous effort to have our family eat healthy, I was a little stuck on what to have for dessert. Then my son mentioned Apple Betty. We had some organic apples and they needed to be used up, so I agreed.

I found this particular recipe in the "Lancaster County Cookbook" by Louise Stoltzfus and Jan Mast. The publisher included photographs of the area and also a brief synopsis of several towns located within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster County Cookbook by  Louis Stoltzfus and Jan Mast 

The apples are the base for this recipe. There is a crumble topping and I used King Arthur flour for that, but I bet this would work just as well with any other flour. I am looking forward to experimenting more with that!

The recipe calls for an optional ingredient, orange juice. I have made it with and without but the orange juice adds definite flavor and sweetness. However, I didn’t have any and I was trying to think of a suitable substitute.