For the best betty, we consulted SAVEUR contributor Marion Cunningham, author of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (Knopf, 1990). She passed this along with the advice that you won't need the lemon juice if your apples are flavorful.
- 2 cups fresh dry bread crumbs
- 5 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 1⁄2 lb. tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼" slices
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon
- Juice and grated rind of ½ lemon (optional)
- Heavy cream