American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sliced fruit baked with sugar and spices in a deep dish, with a thick top crust.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pudding made of bread and apples baked together, usually cooked with molasses.
- n. US A pudding of spiced, sliced apples (or other fruit), sugar and butter, baked with a crumble topping in a deep dish
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A deep pie or pudding made of baked apples, or of sliced bread and apples baked together, with no bottom crust.
- n. deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
- Perhaps from obsolete dialectal pandoulde, custard : pan1 + dialectal dowl, to mix dough in a hurry (probably variant of dough). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For example, in general when the difference is a biscuit doughbaked on the top of the fruit (cobbler) vs. the biscuit topping being baked on top of the stove (grunt/slump), or, is the biscuit crumbled and pushed down into the fruit or on the bottom of the pan (pandowdy), we foundthe language was universal and have not received any notifications of disagreement as of yet.”
“They came with names like buckle and grunt, crumble and cobbler and crisp, brown Betty, sonker, slump, and pandowdy.”
“For example, in general when the difference is a biscuit doughbaked on the top of the fruit (cobbler) vs. the biscuit topping being baked on top of the stove ( grunt/slump),or, is the biscuit crumbled and pushed down into the fruit or on the bottom of the pan (pandowdy), we foundthe language was universal and have not received any notifications of disagreement as of yet.”
“First thing was an apple pandowdy, so named for its frumpy look.”
“Your favorites will depend on your personal taste preferences and you might call your dish a crisp, crumble, cobbler, grunt, slump, betty or a pandowdy.”
“Rabbit, trying to bond with his sister over a favorite memory, mention apple pandowdy, but she can't recall what he is talking about.”
“They have a recipe for apple pandowdy which makes me think of the last of Updike's Rabbit books.”
“After laying out the wet clothes to dry in the sunshine, Rebecca built a fire and then baked biscuits and an apple pandowdy.”
“Let me see,' replied Ann. 'It's some time since I eat anything, and I feel pretty hungry: if you will get me a plateful of pandowdy  and some ginger snaps, I shall feel thankful.”
“He gazed with bewilderment at the list of dinner dishes tended him; bear's meat, he felt, canvas back duck or terrapin, was not a diet proper to seven; but he solved the perplexity by ordering snipe, rolled and sugared cakes filled with whipped cream and preserved strawberries, and a deep apple pandowdy.”
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