Yorkshire Recipes


Apple and Oat Betty

This recipe for Apple and Oat Betty is a variation on an apple crumble, but to my mind a lot tastier.  It’s made in layers and the addition of oats, spices, lemon and marmalade give this a superior, rather caramelised, flavour .  But see what you think.


  • 3 oz (75g) self-raising flour
  • 3 oz (75g) rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Half ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • 4 oz (113g) butter
  • 3 oz (75g) Demerara sugar
  • 2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and roughly sliced
  • Rind and juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade


  1. Rub 3oz (75g) butter into the flour, oats and spices until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  2. Sir in the sugar
  3. Toss the sliced apples in the lemon juice, rind and marmalade
  4. Grease an ovenproof dish and put half the oat mixture in to the bottom of the dish
  5. Put half the apples on top of the oat mixture, then add a layer of oats over this
  6. Add the remaining apples, and again top with the remaining oat mixture
  7. Top with the remaining 1oz butter
  8. Cook for 45-60 minutes in a moderate oven (375F/190C/gas mark 5)
  9. Serve warm with cream or custard.

Source:   Amanda Persey. Favourite Yorkshire Recipes. Published by J. Salmon ltd (no date).

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