Word of Mouth: Pandowdy

Word of Mouth: Pandowdy

Faith Durand
Jan 29, 2007

Pandowdy n. deep-dish dessert made with sliced fruit, spices, and a biscuit topping.

Pandowdy is often associated with American colonial or 19th century cooking, a simple recipe in the same family as pies, buckles, crisps, and cobblers. Some think the word came from the dish's "dowdy" appearance, especially since the topping would be broken up before serving. Others trace it back to obsolete forms of the words for custard and dough.

Some recipes treat it more as a deep-dish, double-crusted pie with a traditional crust on top and bottom. Others layer the apples under a thick, fluffy biscuit topping. Either way, it's delicious, and a good use for all those great apples.

• Pie crust pandowdy recipe from Martha Stewart
• Shortcake pandowdy recipe from Fabulous Foods

Photo credit: Christopher Baker for Martha Stewart Living

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