A close up overhead shot of old fashioned apple pan dowdy after baking in the dish.
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5 from 3 votes

Old Fashioned Apple Pan Dowdy

Crisp fall apples are peeled and chopped, tossed in a brown sugar sauce, and baked in the oven with drop biscuits on top.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: apple pan dowdy, apple recipes, old fashioned apple pan dowdy


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups apples peeled, chopped
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9 x 13 oven-safe baking dish.
  • Place brown sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, water, and apple cider vinegar in a pot over medium heat and cook until thick, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and vanilla. Mix well and set aside.
  • Arrange peeled, chopped apples in prepared baking dish. Pour brown sugar sauce over apples and toss to coat.
  • Make The Biscuits - In a bowl, mix 1 cup flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, milk and 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter just to make wet. Drop biscuit dough by the spoonful on top of apples in baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until biscuit topping is golden.