Welcome to my Recipe Share!
Today would have been my Dad's 87th birthday
Although he's been gone for 20 years, I still miss him. In honor of his birthday, I'm sharing one of my Dad's favorites ~ Mom's Blueberry Pandowdy.
Growing up, we were blessed because of our Dad's fondness for baked goods, which included anything sweet. During the Summer, Mom's Blueberry Pandowdy was always baking. It was one of the recipes I copied down before I got married.
I have recipes everywhere...or at least I did until I gathered the 3 x 5 cards, notebook pages, print-outs, etc. and put them in a binder--make that two binders. That got rid of the crumbling file folders I'd rubberbanded together all those years ago. LOL.
Here's a picture of the recipe card from my binder. You can see from the stains that it's been well used. Over the years, I've adapted it to include any berry or fruit. If you have it, use it ;)
We had some gorgeous blueberries the other day, so I got up early, followed Mom's recipe and here's what it looked like...now I'm not certain that's what it should look like since I never actually saw a picture of it. LOL!
I love using my grandmother's Limoges cake plate...makes me feel closer to her. ;)
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If I had raspberries--it became Raspberry Pandowdy. I made up recipe postcards, which I brought with me to many booksignings over the years. Love the simplicity of these double-sided cards, using our oldest son's advice to take a picture so people can see what it's supposed to look like. I'd like to add, that's what it looks like when I bake it -- not a guarantee of what it should look like. LOL!
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Here's Mom's recipe:
My mom used to bake this when blueberries were in season. There is nothing like the taste of blueberry pandowdy fresh out of the oven with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast.
Note: I’ve only made this recipe with fresh berries, but you can substitute frozen or canned blueberries, or whichever berry or fruit you prefer (*see alternate below)—but I can’t guarantee that it will be as delicious as it does with fresh berries.
2 cups washed fresh blueberries (substitute drained, thawed frozen or canned blueberries)
1/3 cup sugar
Juice of ½ lemon (or lemon juice)
Cake batter (see recipe below)
Cream, Hard Sauce, or Vanilla Ice Cream for topping
*I've made this recipe with apples, too--our oldest son loves it*
6 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and sliced thin)
1 & 1/2 cups of sugar
2 tsps. cinnamon
splash of lemon
Cook in medium saucepan until soft, add to greased baking dish (or casserole) top with cake batter.
Combine berries (or fruit,) sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Pour into a greased (I used margarine) baking dish (9x9x2) if you have it, or if not, I’ve used a casserole dish.
Spread with cake batter (recipe follows) and bake in a preheated moderate oven 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Spoon out servings hot or cold and serve with cream (whipped if preferred)
Makes 6 servings.
Pandowdy Cake Batter
½ cup butter (or margarine)
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup sifted flour (I only used Heckers Unbleached)
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
Cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Stir in egg. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Beating until smooth. Spread over hot berries…see above berry recipe.
Do you have a favorite sweet recipe that you love? Leave a comment, I love swapping recipes!
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Today was supposed to be the day my Sweet Christmas Novella: Christmas Comes to Apple Grove would be available for Pre-Order...
Well it would have been if I'd known that you could only set the Pub date...not the Pre-order date. *sigh*
So it's been available for pre-order since August 28th when I set everything up. I only seem to learn things the hard way, but I always get back up, brush myself off and put one foot in front of the other.
So although I didn't manage to have the pre-order date today, on what would have been my Dad's birthday. In his memory, I'm still thinking of him, thanking him for the gift of life, words and song. Celebrating by giving away a signed print--or e-book--copy of my new Sweet Christmas Novella:
Christmas Comes to Apple Grove
Happy Baking...Happy Reading!!