Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy

A pear and raspberry pandowdy or cobbler in a green bowl with a pastry top, wooden spoon inside

The combination of pears and raspberries is a definite palate pleaser. 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

LC If It Was Up To Us Note

So if it was up to us, the only tweak we’d make to this recipe would be to slip a smidgen chopped candied ginger into the pear and raspberry filling as well as the buttery biscuit dough. But that’s us. You do as you wish……

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • Serves 8
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  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter, at room temperature, for pan
  • For the pandowdy pear and raspberry filling
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 4 large pears, any variety, peeled, cored, and sliced (2 pounds prepped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 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, plus more for the work surface
  • 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 (either low-fat or full-fat)


  • Prepare the oven and pan
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Butter a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.
  • Make the pandowdy 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. Sprinkle the butter atop the fruit.
  • Make the pandowdy biscuits
  • 3. Whisk the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and toss until evenly coated. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is 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 transfer the dough so it’s atop the fruit. Brush the dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk and then sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • 6. Bake the pandowdy 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. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving. The pandowdy will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.


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  1. Cobbler is one of our favorite family desserts, therefore I was glad to try another version of it; I choose this recipe mostly because of the funny name: Pandowdy! At the table, we tried to discuss the differences between all those fruit deep dishes, but I couldn’t even convince myself that it’s really a different recipe…

    This is another easy recipe; all the ingredients are always available in my kitchen, even the candied ginger which we use as a natural remedy against coughing. The ginger gives the dessert an extra taste.

    You can serve it to certain vegans or vegetarians because there are no eggs in the dough. The surface of the crust was very crunchy on the first hours, but it changed the next day because of the humid weather. Berries give a nice color to fruit dishes but their season is very short, we have them only during June-July, so now is the best time to test all the relevant recipes!

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