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Apple Pandowdy Recipe

This dessert, which comes from a very old cookbook, is tangy and delicious.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. YIELD: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 milk
  • 5 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 1. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add water and lemon juice; cook over low heat until thick. Cover and set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Arrange apples in 9-in. square baking dish; sprinkle with cinnamon. Add nutmeg, vanilla and remaining butter to sauce; pour over apples. Drop dough by spoonfuls over sauce. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until top is brown and apples are tender. Serve warm with cream if desired. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 260 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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Jeanne Marie User ID: 9041989 259816
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8702894 242014
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7433391 18718
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1553892 44805
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2190603 20890
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"very good!"

SusanneM User ID: 45352 44804
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

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

aimeesoll User ID: 1184339 15157
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"My husband asked for Apple Doody like his grandmother used to make and when I found this recipe he said "Thats it!"

The aroma wjile it is cooking is wonderful but when you taste it you will think it is better that any appli pie you ever had."

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