Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Apple Pandowdy

November 9, 2021 at 2:07 pm | Posted in BWD, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 23 Comments
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apple pandowdy

We’re already onto our second recipe from Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple! I was going to do the English Muffins this week, but then you know how it goes. I didn’t get around to making the dough, and apparently English muffins don’t make themselves…but I did have a round of homemade rough puff pastry in the freezer, so Apple Pandowdy it was!

A pandowdy is one of those olde-fashioned desserts I’ve never actually made before. Likely invented to use off-cuts and scraps of pie pastry (an idea I like very much, btw since I never throw out my trimmings), it is assembled like a pot pie, with a fruit filling underneath a top crust. You can spice up your fruit any way you like, but this one has just a simple filling of sliced apples, sugar, lemon and a little butter. My apples let out a lot of juice, but once the pandowdy had cooled, it was actually quite a nice sauce-like consistency. A sprinkle of flour in the filling would probably help bind that up a bit next time.

Even though I was using brand-new dough and not scraps here, I assembled my crust higgledy-piggledy from randomly-sized overlapping triangles and squiggles, as Dorie suggests. Because I used puff pastry, my pieces got very poofy in the oven, and probably didn’t quite conform to the shape of the cooked down apples quite as much as if I’d used a pie dough. I guess it’s still cute in it’s own dowdy way.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan yet, you can test drive this Apple Pandowdy recipe here. But get the book and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and all the other participation deets over on Tuesdays with Dorie!


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  1. Beautiful! I can’t wait to make this! The puff pastry looks like an excellent choice!

  2. Baking educates, nevet heard of this dessert. Looks delicious

    • thanks! i had heard of it (mostly thanks to a famous song from the 1940’s!) but had never made it till now.

  3. This dessert looks delicious and I look forward to making it.

  4. I won’t be throwing away any scraps from now on since I will have this recipe up my sleeve haha! It was delicious and such a surprise! Love yours!

  5. I bet the puff pastry was delicious!

  6. I bet the puff pastry was delicious!

  7. Wow, looks yummy! I like the looks with puff pastry.

  8. The puff pastry sounds wonderful! So glad to be back with TWD!

  9. Great idea for saving pastry scraps in the freezer and pulling them out for this. I usually just sprinkle cinnamon sugar on them and bake them like my granny used to do. Yours looks so great, lots of beautiful color. I could not get color for some reason, very strange, I ended up baking it for half again as long and called it a day. Enough of those chocolate recipes, bring on these lemon ones!

    • i do that, too% sometimes i spread a little jam on them like i made a pie. hahaha

  10. This would have been lovely with puff!

  11. That looks SO good!

  12. English muffins should make themselves:) Higgledy-piggledy is a great way to describe it. I look forward to making this for Thanksgiving.

  13. It’s a lovely recipe, but she misses the most important step in a traditional pandowdy of breaking up and pressing the pie crust into the juices toward the end of baking!

    • i’d have to check the recipe but i think she mentions kind of smooshing it into the filling when serving (but not when baking)

      • There was also a funny little rhyme I remember from childhood about pandowdy making your eyes light up and your tummy say howdy! Don’t remember the beginning of it. Really silly.

      • it’s a song! “shoofly pie and apple pandowdy”…dinah shore sang it, and so did i the whole time i was making this. hahaha

      • Yes! I forgot the shoofly part!

  14. Oh, you got such great color on your pandowdy…I tried without much success. This looks really inviting and good. The only disappointing part was that those English Muffins don’t make themselves…how rude of them to make you do all the work!

  15. OOOO! Puff pastry squiggles!! Love the idea. Looks perfect.

  16. Looks heavenly!

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