An old timey apple dessert, pandowdy is similar to a slump or cobbler. Fruit on the bottom covered with a lusciuos caramel sauce and biscuit on top - what can be better? A La mode!
Arrange apple slices in a greased baking dish, shallow, about 2" in height.
In a small saucepan, mix together the brown sugar, 1/4 c of flour, the spices and 1/4 tsp of the salt. Stir in the water. Place over low heat and cook, stirring, until thickened. Once thick and bubbling, stir in 2 tbsp of the butter, & the lemon juice.
Pour over the apples.
In a large bowl, stir together the rest of the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the remaining butter with a pastry blender, two forks or with your fingers., until the butter particles are small. Use a fork to stir in the milk or milk mixed with sour cream/yogurt/cream cheese. Stir to make a soft dough.
Drop by large tablespoons onto the fruit. Make each "biscuit" as large or as small as you like, but no less than 8 biscuits. I like to grated fresh nutmeg over the top at this point.
Bake at 375*F for about 40 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly browned. Can be served warm or cooled, and is excellent with ice cream!