I was so pleased when Apple Pandowdy was chosen as one of the November bakes for Tuesdays with Dorie. I needed something delicious to bring to my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration. She loves apple pie and this one-crust apple pie was just the ticket.
I got a start the day before the celebration by making the dough. For years I have used dough recipes from a pastry course I attended. The technique uses a food processor to mix the fat (butter and shortening), then the liquid is mixed in by hand. Depending on the type of dough, the fat may be further incorporated by pushing the dough with the heel of your hand. I was always pleased with the results. I decided to take a leap of faith and use Dorie’s all butter dough recipe for my Pandowdy.
My faith in Dorie was rewarded. The dough came together easily in the food processor. No need to mix the water in by hand; it is added slowly into the fat mixture while still in the food processor. I used less water than I usually do. My only trouble was getting a nice shape on the roll out. It did not matter for the Pandowdy, because I was going to cut the dough into pieces, but I will need to work on it when I make the dough for a pie.
The day of the birthday celebration, I peeled the apples. I purchased a bag of apples from my weekly produce delivery and they were very small. I needed a couple more apples so I used some larger apples I had on hand. Because I had different sizes of apples. I decided to cut them into cubes instead of slices. This task took a lot more time than I had allotted myself. Next time I will do slices!
I chose to use a pastry cutter to cut triangles of various sizes to form the crust. Per Dorie’s advice, I left spaces for the juices to bubble through.
I checked on the Pandowdy after the minimal baking time, but the juices were not bubbling toward the middle of the pie. I ended up baking for about 10 or 15 minutes longer than the maximum baking time, but I think my oven is a little off. I pulled it out just in time to head over to the birthday celebration. We served the Pandowdy with vanilla ice cream (oat milk ice cream for the birthday girl.) Everyone loved it! The crust was melt-in-the-mouth tender. I think this dessert can best be summed up by the Dinah Shore song my father-in-law quoted: “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy, makes your eyes light up, your tummy say ‘Howdy’. I will definitely make this again.