The pandowdy is a layer of apple pie filling topped with a buttery, sugar-crisp cake layer dotted with toasted nuts.
I don't go for boxed cake mixes, so I found a recipe at the Chickens in the Road blog to make my own mix from scratch.
I haven't tried the mix in all-out cake form, but it worked beautifully in this recipe.
It's hard not to take a forkful (or two or three) every time I pass through the kitchen.
adapted from my mom's pandowdy recipe
- 1 20 oz. can apple pie filling
- 1/2 homemade yellow cake mix, see recipe here (or 1/2 store-bought 18.25 oz mix)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, well chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan.
Pour apple pie filling over bottom of pan and spread evenly across the bottom.
In small bowl, whisk together cake mix, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over pie filling.
In large pan, melt butter. Add nuts to melted butter and lightly brown butter until fragrant.
Spoon nuts evenly over cake mix. Pour butter evenly over cake mix, using a spatula to spread butter until most of the mix is covered.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool on rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: You can easily double the recipe for a 9x13 pan.