Apple Pandowdy is a classic American dessert. Spiced apples are topped with rustic puff pastry and drizzled with melted butter, with a crunchy sugar crust.

Puff pastry on top of apple pie filling in a glass dish.

You may be wondering, what is apple pandowdy?

Apple pandowdy, or pan dowdy, is a classic American dessert, similar to an an apple pie. Popular in the 1800s and early 1900s, this dessert is filled with sweetened and spiced apple slices, then topped with dough pieces.


The name comes from the dowdy, or shabby looking, crust. When your dessert is fresh from the oven, use the back of a spoon to press your dough down into the apple filling. This process further breaks apart your rustic style crust, and the puff pastry soaks up extra flavor from the apple juices.

Perfect for sharing with a group, this pandowdy serves eight. Top with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Makes a great holiday dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas!


Ingredients to make apple pandowdy on a counter top.Puff pastry – Can be substituted with one pie crust instead. Modern pandowdy is often made with either pie crust or puff pastry.


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