One of the consequences of using the breadmaker, is that I often have little bits of slightly stale bread left, so I crumb them in the food processor and freeze them … I use them for bread pudding, home-made stuffing, treacle tart and to coat chicken nuggets …

(There’s little point putting them out for the birds … the cats soon show up, and one of them eats the crumbs himself!)

I also came across this recipe recently:

BROWN BETTY

* 4 medium apples, sliced
* 1 cup bread crumbs
* 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 3 to 4 tablespoons fruit juice

PREPARATION:
Mix bread crumbs, butter, lemon or orange peel, sugar, and cinnamon. Place half of the sliced apples in a buttered baking dish. Cover with half of the bread crumb mixture. Add remaining apple slices and cover with remaining crumb mixture. Moisten with fruit juice. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Serve hot or cold with cream, whipped topping, or ice cream.

As it’s the time of year for apples, it’s quite a seasonal discovery.

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