We gave a classic dessert a new name, in honor of all the people who have cooked in servitude or fought for social justice over the centuries--and we updated the flavors, too, with almond cookies and a splash of bourbon.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Adam Albright

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 10 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (to catch any drips), and place a 9-inch pie plate or similar ovenproof dish on baking sheet.

  • Place cookies in a food processor and pulse to fine crumbs. Add 4 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Pulse to moist crumbs; set aside.

  • Peel, core and halve apples. Slice about 1/8 inch thick. In an extra-large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add apples; toss to coat. Cook, covered, until apples lose their snap, 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add sugar mixture to apples and cook until juices thicken to a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in bourbon, if using, and lemon zest.

  • Scatter 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture across the bottom of pie plate. Spoon in one-third of the apples and their syrup. Repeat two more times, using all the apples. Top with remaining crumbs.

  • Bake, uncovered, until golden brown and juices bubble thickly, about 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or a drizzle of cream. If desired, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.


A pie-size betty is traditional, but if you like, assemble the recipe in individual ovenproof ramekins. Cut the baking time to about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

447 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 31mg; saturated fat 7g; carbohydrates 73g; mono fat 3g; insoluble fiber 7g; sugars 61g; protein 4g; vitamin a 557.5IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.3mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 6.7mcg; sodium 163mg; potassium 272mg; calcium 31mg; iron 0.5mg.