Monday, July 30, 2007

Noni's Apple Pan Dowdy

I entered Noni's fabby Apple Pan Dowdy in the fair today. Fingers crossed I beat the hefty blue hairs that I encountered in the Home Arts building.

1 cup AP flour

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • (1/2 teaspoon ginger)


    Cut together butter and flour with a pastry cutter until it resembles a course meal. Then add sugar, cinnamon, (and ginger). Mix together with a spoon and set aside.


  • 1-1/2 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3-1/2 - 4 Tablespoons ice water
  • (1 egg)
  • (1 Tablespoon water)


  • 4-8 sweet, but not too juicy, apples
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger


    Whisk together flour and salt until well blended. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles a course meal. Gradually add in the ice water, one tablespoon at a time. One especially dry days, more than 4 T water may be needed. When the mixture begins to stick together, gently roll it into a ball within the bowl.

    Cover and flour bread board and rolling pin, or use a pastry towel and rolling pin cover. (cover with plastic wrap and chill in freezer for 10 minutes). Roll out the dough until circular and slightly larger than desired pie diameter. Fliip dough onto pizza pan and set aside.

    Grate apples into a bowl. Place grated apples onto prepared dough, leaving about an inch of crust to fold over. (Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger.) Top with sugar topping out to edges of apple filling. Gently fold over crust to make a crust perimeter of about and inch around the filling. If desired, whisk together egg and water and brush on outside of crust for a shiny finish.

    Bake at 350o for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. Serve a la mode with caramel sauce.

Alternate crust recipe:

  • 1-1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick) cut into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3-5 Tablespoons ice water


    Whisk together flour and salt until well blended. Cut in butter and shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles a course meal. Sprinkle in ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until dough just begins to come together. Roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a disk. Freeze for 10 minutes. Roll out to just larger than desired diameter and cut around edges to shape.

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