RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Old-time Pan Dowdy


Pare, core, and slice enough tart apples to fill bottom of a flat baking dish about 2 inches in depth. To 3 quarts of the prepared fruit and 1 cup sugar, 1 grated nutmeg, 1 cup cold water and 2 tablespoons butter. Cover with plain pie crust rolled 1 inch thick. Bake in a slow oven about 2 hours, then cover and let set where the dish will keep hot for 1 hour, without further cooking.

When done the apples will be a deep red. Remove crust carefully and invert on round platter. Cover with cooked fruit and serve with cream sweetened with maple sugar.

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

  • Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?
  • Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
  • Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured. With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

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By (author):  Donna R Causey

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Ruby Mccullar

    We had a cook stove like that when I was a little girl!

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      Thanks Vivian! We love finding these old recipes and stories.

  2. Is the recipe for Old Time Pandowdy really supposed to have a pie crust on top of it with the depth of 1 inch?? Wouldn’t it MUCH LESS than 1 inch?? I would like to make this after I get the right measurement for the rolled-out crust! 🙂

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