Camp Recipe: Nellie’s Famous Apple Brown Betty

The URJ Camp Coleman Team
Recipe by
The URJ Camp Coleman Team

Nellie’s Apple Brown Betty is a Shabbat dinner staple at URJ Camp Coleman. Campers look forward to this delicious dessert each Friday night before heading to the Hillman Chapel for t’filah. Whether you like to eat mostly crunchy crust, sweet, gooey apples, or a perfectly balanced combination of the two, this dish holds a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of campers and alumni alike.

7 cups sliced apples (about 7 medium apples)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups brown sugar
3 cups flour (self-rising)
2 sticks margarine or butter
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples. Put them into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix sugar, apples, and cinnamon. Put into a 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Mix brown sugar, flour, and melted butter until crumbly, like a streusel topping.
  5. Sprinkle topping on apple mixture and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and apples are done.

Chef Nellie Ward has provided sustenance to URJ Camp Coleman campers, staff, and guests for over 35 years. Nellie is so beloved by the entire camp community that, to show their appreciation for her years of service, the camp summer staff funded a full, expenses-paid trip to Israel for Nellie and her grandson. 

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