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Apple Pandowdy

This apple pandowdy, which comes from a very old cookbook, is tangy and delicious. —Doreen Lindquist, Thompson, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 5 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add water and lemon juice; cook and stir over medium heat until thick. Cover and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine baking powder and remaining flour and salt. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter. Add the milk and mix just until moistened (a few lumps will remain); set aside.
  • Arrange apples in a 1-1/2-quart baking dish; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add nutmeg, vanilla and remaining butter to sauce; pour over apples. Drop dough by spoonfuls over sauce. Combine remaining cinnamon and coarse sugar; sprinkle over dough. Bake at 350° until top is brown and apples are tender, about 55 minutes. Serve warm, with whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 260 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • ms11145
    Feb 12, 2019

    I loved the sauce poured over the apples. I also did up the cinnamon a LOT as we love cinnamon. Husband felt topping was a tad flat and tasteless. Next time I am going to put cinnamon in the topping also to give it some spice. Then it will definitely be 5 stars.

  • Judith
    Jan 1, 2019

    I agree with previous comments re: ratio of brown sugar sauce to apples. When I saw what it looked like, I added more apples. Between the pectin in the apples and the fact that the sauce does include some flour, it worked great! Still really sweet, best with unsweetened whipping cream

  • kitchenmaid
    Nov 17, 2018

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  • gaylene2
    Oct 6, 2018

    We had a lot of granny smith apples in our backyard waiting to be used. My daughter and I were looking online for a good recipe. As soon as we saw this one, my daughter started singing "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy"! That did it! We had to try this recipe! And it didn't disappoint us. We listened to Dinah Shore as we prepared it. We especially liked the sauce made in a saucepan to pour over the apples. That gave it a whole new texture. Good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

  • Jeanne Marie
    Jan 17, 2017

    The recipe turned out fine. However, I did do my pastry part in a mini food-prep, and I did add more cinnamon that the recipe calls for, plus I put some sparkling sugar across the pastry just for appearance. If you haven't made one of these before, it is very sweet and sticky. Best served warm, and with ice cream. However, I am only giving it four stars because I felt the apples were smothered by the brown sugar sauce. I would cut back on the sauce by 1/4 or maybe even 1/3 and let the apples shine through a little more.

  • old-coot
    Jan 18, 2016

    Tried this last night; turned-out great! Good recipe for an occasional cook. A strange song came to me as I was baking, something about "shoo-fly pie and apple pandowdy," 'wonder where that came from?

  • rednails
    Oct 7, 2013

    Yum! this is the Old style pandowdy just like my Mom used to make! I made it today for my Dad's birthday and it turned out Perfect! Tastes fantastic! So easy to make too!

  • cruisingail
    Oct 2, 2013

    This is one of the best cobblers I have tasted. The sauce you prepare on top of stove and thicken really adds a lot to this dish and the topping browns so nicely. Yum

  • stevennicole
    Jan 29, 2013

    very good!

  • SusanneM
    Nov 21, 2011

    Made this tonight--absolutely wonderful!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.