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Oatmeal Peach Betty

Oatmeal Peach Betty

For a teacher gift, I cut the bottom off of a pop-tab can of peaches, emptied it, filled it with candy, and hot glued the bottom back on (very sloppily I might add…it leaned a little). I decorated it with the words “Open for an emergency!” and some ribbon. Who wouldn’t want an emergency??? 

But, that left me with some canned peaches, which who wants to eat, when there are plenty of fresh peaches to be had?   I scoured the recipe books looking for something tasty, or just something so my Grandma’s ghost wouldn’t come and haunt me for not heeding her life’s saying of “Waste not, want not”!

I found this one:

Sounded fairly innocent and like a crumble. And after a little Internet spy work (aka Google), I found that indeed it is like a cobbler or crumble! For a little trivia, Apple Brown Betty was Nancy Reagan’s favorite dessert, so put on your favorite pair of high heels and whip up this tasty treat!


  • 2 cans sliced peaches, drained
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 1 t. lemon zest, if you have it
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1/4 c. melted shortening (or butter)
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 2/3 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 t. vanilla


  1. Pour peaches in a greased oval casserole or 8×8 pan.
  2. Sprinkle with lemon juice, zest, and cinnamon. Dot with butter.
  3. Combine melted butter with brown sugar.
  4. Add flour, mixed with the salt and soda, and oatmeal with sugar mixture, until it crumbles.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Spread over peaches and bake for 45 minutes at 350. Serve with ice cream or a warm pudding sauce (pudding thinned out with milk and warmed).

I am assuming that any fruit would work for this, so as fall descends, experiment and add warm delicious smells to your kitchen!

Here are the peaches before:

And the “crumble” aka “betty”


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