Granny Smith's Apple Pandowdy Recipe

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Makes your eyes bug out & your stomach say "Howdy!" Fusion can be confusin', so let's get back to an ol' timey American dessert, not found on menus in fancy restaurants. This is just good country food, like I got when I'd have dinner at Nellie Keeling's home up Horse Mill Hollow, near Glasgow, W. Va.

Pandowdy is a highly aromatic, palate pleasing, tummy comforting way to end a meal of your best fried chicken recipe, grilled steak or a BBQ sandwich.

Or you could just cuddle up on the sofa with a bowl of this creation that you've gussied up with a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Now, pop a movie into the player and relax...

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Servings: 8


Cost per serving $0.57 view details
  • 4 c of your favorite tart apples - Granny Smith is my choice - peeled, and thinly sliced. (About 5 apples will fill a deep dish like the one in the photo)
  • 1-1/4 c all purpose flour (or your favorite gluten free flour)
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c vanilla sugar (split and bury 1 vanilla bean in a jar of 2 cups of granulated sugar for at least 1 week, preferably longer)
  • 1/4 lb cooked and finely diced bacon (optional, but it works for me)
  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 c water
  • 6 tbsp sweet butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (put the rest of the lemon in your Preserved Lemon jar)
  • 2/3 c whole milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 375^
  2. Whisk together the vanilla sugar and the 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  3. Grease a baking dish well with butter or buttery Crisco - or lard!
  4. In a 2 qt sauce pan, combine the brown sugar and the diced cooked bacon, 1 tsp of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of sea salt and cook together for a few minutes to 'candy' the bacon bits - then add a 1/4 cup of the flour, and combine well
  5. After the mixture has thickened, stir in 2 tbsp of butter and the tbsp of lemon juice
  6. Add the water and stir to cook the flour and make a thick, rich caramel sauce. Set aside.
  7. Prepare the apples - peel, cut in halves and slice thin. (You need not core them. Just slice from the outside to the core, then slice 1/4" matchsticks to the core, leaving - the core!
  8. Layer the apples in the greased baking dish
  9. Use the matchsticks to fill in spaces between apple slices
  10. Pour the thickened sauce over the apples in the baking dish
  11. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1/2 tsp sea salt and the baking powder
  12. Cut in the 4 tbsp of butter (or lard!) until the mixture is a crumble
  13. Using a flex spatula, stir in the whole milk to form a soft dough
  14. Spoon the dough (you should get about 8 nice drop biscuits) on top of the apples in the dish
  15. Sprinkle the vanilla sugar cinnamon mixture on top of the drop biscuits - use as much or as little as you like, saving the leftover for French Toast tomorrow
  16. Bake at 375^ for 45 minutes, or until the biscuits are nicely browned and the apples tender
  17. Enjoy a bit(e) of America!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 182g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 370  
Calories from Fat 156 42%
Total Fat 17.61g 22%
Saturated Fat 8.49g 34%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 755mg 31%
Potassium 179mg 5%
Total Carbs 49.5g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 7%
Sugars 29.83g 20%
Protein 4.98g 8%



  • Amos Miller
    April 15, 2011
    GLUTEN FREE - This recipe can also be made step- for-step using your favorite GF flour. While the biscuits may not have the same "shelf life", as those made with a Bisquick or all-purpose flour drop biscuit because they harden with age, Served hot from the oven, the result is superb and indistinguishable from a great flour biscuit. I use 100% Domata Living Flour for this recipe.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    This is a variation
    • A.L. Wiebe
      November 12, 2011
      Amos, I finally had the chance to make this today...omg is right! This was wonderful and I had fun getting our guests to figure out what the mystery ingredient was. They never guessed it was the bacon, and were completely surprised at how delicious it was.
      I've been wanting to make Bacon Jam for a few months now, so will give it a whirl tomorrow or Sunday.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


      • ShaleeDP
        October 30, 2015
        Awesome dish!
        • Veronica Gantley
          November 13, 2011
          It sort of reminds me of a cobbler. Except without the levening agent. I think I will try mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing.
          • Amos Miller
            April 8, 2011
            Thanks, A.L. - Let me know how you like it after you make it - this is a really nice old fashioned dessert.
            • A.L. Wiebe
              April 8, 2011
              Omg, Oh YUM! This looks amazing, Amos! Thanks for this.

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