The combination of pears and raspberries is a definite palate pleaser. You can use any ripe pear in this recipe; if you use Bartletts, you need not peel them. We jazz up this pandowdy by adding candied ginger to the biscuit dough. The effect is a warm and spicy infusion that makes this rustic dessert a comfort food favorite. When you serve this pear-raspberry pandowdy with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on a cold autumn evening, you will have everyone “mmm’ing” and asking for more.–Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy Recipe
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes | Serves 8
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, for pan
- For the pear and raspberry filling
- 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 4 large pears, peeled, cored, and sliced (2 pounds prepped)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 dry pint (2 cups or 9 ounces) raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- For the pandowdy biscuits
- 1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/3 cup (2 ounces) chopped candied ginger
- 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold buttermilk
- 1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.
- Make the pear and raspberry filling
- 2. Rub the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl, then add the pears and lemon juice and toss until evenly coated. Gently fold in the raspberries, then transfer the fruit to the prepared pan. Distribute the butter atop the fruit.
- Make the pandowdy biscuits
- 3. Whisk the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, the baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Add the butter and toss until evenly coated. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the size of large peas. (Alternatively, you can put the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is the size of large peas, then transfer to a bowl.)
- 4. Stir in the candied ginger, then pour in the 2/3 cup buttermilk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The dough will be crumbly, with large pieces of butter still visible.
- 5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently press the dough together, then press it into a 9-inch circle. Carefully place the dough atop the fruit. Brush the dough with the 1 tablespoon buttermilk, then sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
- 6. Bake the pandowdy in the lower third of the oven for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350°F (175°C) and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the juices are bubbly and thick. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.
- Covered with a tea towel, this pandowdy will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy Recipe © 2009 Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. Photo © 2009 Sarah Remington. All rights reserved.