apple brown bessie

My great great aunt, the late Bessie Segal, in her East Village apartment, late 1990s. I named this dessert after her.


Combine “wet” ingredients in a bowl.


6 cups apples, peeled and chopped into cubes (about 6 apples – Spartan and Spy are good baking apples, Granny Smith is tart; it’s nice to combine some varieties)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.


1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup pure uncontaminated oats
1/3 cup brown sugar


Add 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil to dry ingredients and combine until mixture gets moist and crumbly. (Use your hands, not a mixer.)


Put apple-cinnamon mixture in an oven-proof dish.


Sprinkle crumble mixture on top of apples.


It’s good to have a helper.


Bake at 350°F in a preheated oven for 40 minutes. Inhale the smell. Best enjoyed à
 la mode with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.


The original very well-loved recipe.