Apple Pandowdy

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!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 cups sliced apples 4-5 medium
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg plus more for grating or sprinkling
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk, or milk and sour cream/yogurt/cream cheese


  1. Arrange apple slices in a greased baking dish, shallow, about 2" in height.

  2. 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.

  3. Pour over the apples.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!