Use Leftover Cookies and a Can of Peaches to Make a Quick Dessert in Your Air Fryer: Peach Betties
This recipe has its origin in an old, old dessert--Peach Betty--that comes from a time when people didn't waste food. In this case, I've turned the "Betties" into individual desserts and made them in the air fryer. The little Betties are a cross between a cake, a muffin, and a pie. The Betties are quite good and quite addictive. They also are easy and inexpensive to make. I make the Betties in the air fryer in about 20 minutes. The exact time you'll need will depend on your air fryer and how "liquid" your ingredients are. I use crumbled ginger-molasses cookies in my Betties, and the cookies generally are fairly soft. If you use hard cookies, they'll absorb more liquid, so your final baking time may be less. Not to worry, though, as there really is no right or wrong way to make this dessert. Each time you make it, depending on the cookies you use, the dessert may turn out a bit differently. The Betties are incredibly good despite the small number or ingredients involved. They'll also help you use up some leftover cookies and cut down on waste. We like the Betties "as is" or warm with a big scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Peach Betties -- Makes 4 Large Betties
2 tablespoons of melted butter
2 -3 tablespoons of orange juice
2 - 3 cups of crumbled cookies, preferably ginger molasses, but use what you have
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1 14 -16-ounce can of sliced peaches in their juice (undrained)
Sugar to sprinkle
Spritz four ramekins (3/4 - 1 cup capacity) with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine the butter, orange juice, cookies, spices, brown sugar, and the peach juice. Mix everything well. You want the cookies to soak up the liquid as much as possible. If your cookies are especially hard, let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes to soften the cookies. Cut the sliced peaches into chunks and gently mix them into the cookie mixture. Divide the mixture among the ramekins. You'll need to mound the mixture in each ramekin a bit. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the mixture in each ramekin (about half a teaspoon is plenty). With cooking spray, spritz the top of the mixture in each ramekin. This will help hold the sugar in place. Put 2-4 filled ramekins into your air fryer basket (depending on the size of the basket), put the basket in the air fryer and air fry the Betties at 320 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until set and deeply browned. Let the Betties cool for 15 minutes before turning the Betties out to cool or serve (run a knife along the inside edge of the ramekins to loosen the Betties before flipping them out). Repeat the cooking process with the remaining filled ramekins if necessary.