Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

I remember, as a teenager, hearing this song on the American Forces Network and always thought it sounded very jolly:

“Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy

Makes your eyes light up

And your tummy say ‘Howdy!’”

So I thought we should include the pandowdy in our apple feast.


  • 2 lb cooking or baking apples
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup or light corn syrup


Peel, quarter, and core the apples, then thinly slice them into a bowl. Add the syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and toss gently to coat the apple slices evenly. Spoon the mixture into a buttered 1-quart baking dish with deep sides.

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl, and stir in the sugar. Make a well in the center and add the melted butter and the milk. Stir to make a smo