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A smokin’ autumn fruit pie: Apple pan dowdy lives up to its name

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 29, 2021, 6:02am
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With a full cup of molasses as the only sweetener in this apple pan dowdy, this recipe harkens back to Colonial times when sugar wasn't always readily available.
With a full cup of molasses as the only sweetener in this apple pan dowdy, this recipe harkens back to Colonial times when sugar wasn't always readily available. (Photos by Monika Spykerman/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

I was rifling through my mother’s recipe box looking for something sweet to make for dessert this week, feeling tempted by autumnal gingerbread, pumpkin chiffon pie and Louisiana yam pie, when I came across an index card with my father’s distinctive all-caps handwriting. He’s a cartoonist and so his letters have a sort of cartoon-text curvature about them and you can easily imagine the letters spelling out “Bam!” or “Pow!” or “Meanwhile, back at the Bat Cave…”

So when I saw an unlined index card with Dad’s handwriting listing the ingredients for something called “apple pan dowdy,” I stopped...

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