A pandowdy is a fruit dessert, usually sweetened with brown sugar or molasses, that's closely related to a pie -- without the bottom crust. Its pastry top is broken with a spoon halfway through cooking so the collapsed bits soak up the juices and soften. For ours, we used brown sugar and apples and raisins laced with cardamom and allspice.

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Dana Gallagher

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Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss together apples, raisins, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cardamom, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Transfer to a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Dot top with butter; set aside.

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  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to an 11-inch round that is about 1/8 inch thick. Carefully place dough on top of apple mixture. Fold edge under itself, crimping if desired. Chill in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.

  • Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until crust is set and beginning to brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven; gently push some of the crust into the filling using a spoon. Bake until crust is golden brown and crisp and juices are bubbling, 25 to 35 minutes more. If crust is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour before serving.

Reviews (2)

29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1.0 stars
10/15/2020
Martha..part of this recipe is missing. Where is the Dough ingredients?
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2017
I have made this pie so many times in the past several years. It has a real "wow" factor and is super delicious. It has a perfect combination of fruit and pastry. Also, it is very easy.
Rating: Unrated
09/10/2015
I would like to try this recipe, but the recipe says 2 tablespoons of flour for the 11 inch crust?
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