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Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

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This post was originally published in 2016 and updated on May 1, 2018. 

So if you were invited over for to my home for dinner and I said we were having Apple Pandowdy for dessert, (Pan-dow-dee) what would you say? Well to make it easy for you, I turned this into a multiple choice question!

  1. Oh that sound’s great Judy, I just love anything you bake!
  2. Just smile and say nothing.
  3. Burst out with “What the heck’s an Apple Pandowdy?

Going for # 2?

I don’t blame you. 🙂

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

Apple Pandowdy is a recipe I’ve been wanting to bake for some time now.  I just love the name, don’t you?  It’s a classic North American dessert, created in the 19th century, and is basically an apple pie, but doesn’t have a bottom crust.  The pastry or ‘dough’ is placed on top of the filling in pieces or dropped by spoonful’s, rather than rolling out a top crust.

Our Easy Cinnamon Roll Apple Cobbler is another delicious vintage recipe for baking apples!

So what is Apple Pan dowdy?  Wiki says Apple Pan dowdy (or Apple pandowdy) is a baked apple pastry traditionally associated with Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, with a recipe dating back to (according to Wiki) colonial times.

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

I expect in colonial times, they were baking over a wood fire, or in a wood-fired oven, and using cast iron pans as well.

The idea behind the Apple Pandowdy Dessert is that once the Apple Pie is baked, you stir the crust into the baked apples, to ‘dowdy’ it, so it ends up like an apple cobbler or maybe an apple pudding cake. Click To Tweet

When it’s still warm, press the pastry into the apples with a spoon, so that it soaks up those yummy apple juices!

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

If you want to learn more about Apple Pan dowdy history, this is a great article on colonial apple recipes!

When I was looking for an old fashioned apple pan dowdy recipe that I could bake, I found a couple of variations.   Martha Stewart’s version of apple pandowdy, which is more like an apple pie, with squares of piecrust on top, and then there is the Taste of Home version, and that’s the recipe I’ve re-created here that looks more like an apple cobbler.

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

I like this apple cobbler version of apple pandowdy for a variety of reasons:

  • It’s Perfect for an easy family dinner – takes less time than making pie crust
  • I love baking desserts in cast iron skillets and I really wanted to use these new mini cast iron skillets.  I think they are so adorable!
  • No special skills required!

 

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

 


Here are the Ingredients you need to make your own Apple Pandowdy.  Pressed for time?  We’re baking from scratch, but you can make a great Apple Pan dowdy using Bisquick!

 

  • 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

 

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

 

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

 

 Did you enjoy this Apple Pandowdy Recipe?  If so, please check out my other apple desserts recipes

 

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

 

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Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.
Apple Pandowdy Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 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 apples sliced peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream optional
Instructions
Directions
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pandowdy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 36g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 9.9%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.

Apple Pandowdy is a delicious combination of apple pie and apple cobbler, easy to make and a great skillet recipe. Apple Pandowdy is a quick and easy dessert.
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