Double Berry Pandowdy
A tender crust tops jewel-colored berries in this down-home dessert.
20 min.prep time
55 min.total time
2 cups fresh blackberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk*
1 teaspoon sugar
Heat oven to 400°F. Combine blackberries, raspberries, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour in large bowl. Pour into ungreased 9-inch square (2-quart) baking dish.
Combine remaining sugar, remaining flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk; mix with fork just until dough forms a ball. Roll out dough into 9-inch square on lightly floured surface. Cut several slits in dough with sharp knife. Lay pastry gently over prepared fruit. Sprinkle dough with 1 teaspoon sugar.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
To serve, cut through crust with a fork to form pieces and push pieces of crust into the fruit or serve crust-side down. Serve warm or at room temperature.
*Substitute 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1/3 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.
- To help prevent dough from sticking, use a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover. A pastry cloth is a large canvas cloth on which pastry or dough can be rolled. A clean white dish towel may be substituted. A rolling pin cover is a stretchable “stocking” that fits over the rolling pin. Rolling out dough is much easier because the dough doesn’t stick as readily to the flour-dusted fabric. Less flour is needed to prevent dough from sticking to the pastry cloth or rolling pin cover, keeping your pastry light and flaky.
- A pandowdy is really a variation of a cobbler, where the fruit is topped with a rolled or drop biscuit crust. A pandowdy is usually made with a rolled sweet crust laid on top of fruit. “Dowdying” refers to pushing the crust down into the fruit before serving, giving it a plain or “dowdy” appearance.