This week we continue our journey through “1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”, we are still in America and we are trying out an old American treat call the Apple Pandowdy. This apple dessert was very popular in the colonial period and it happened to be one of the first ladies Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, favorite dessert.
This dessert has seen a lot of changes over the years from when it was first introduced and the interesting name pan-dowdy came about because it was so plain or some say because the crust has been cut-up or dowdy during baking. Whichever the reason the pan-dowdy is basically fruit baked under a crust similar to a pie but the bits and pieces of the crust has been cut-up to be submerged into the fruit filling liquid. In the eighteenth-century this dessert would take all night as it cooked in the embers of the dying fire. Thankfully it doesn’t take that long anymore to bake a really interesting dessert.
I was lazy on this one and didn’t make a crust, I used a frozen pie crust and broke it up over the filling, though next time I should try the roll-out pie dough.
This is a dessert I will have to make again because I over cooked it so it came out a little dry when it should have some juice to it. Other than that it was really good.
Now next week I will make a handmade crust even though I’ve never made one, but its for an apple pie that’s next on the list. So come back and check it out.
Adapted from Four Flour
5 Large baking apples (I used Pink Lady's)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Molasses
3 tablespoons Melted Butter
1/4 cup Water
Preheat oven at 400
Core, peel and slice the apples and sprinkle with lemon juice to
keep from browning. Mix the apple slices with the sugar and spices.
Whisk together the molasses, butter and water.
Place a crust on the bottom of your skillet place apples on top and
pour the molasses mixture over the top.
Place the top crust that has been torn on top.
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and
dowdy the crust (pushing the crust down into the apples).
Reduce heat to 325 and bake for an hour
Serve with whip cream