November 05, 2012

Have you ever made a pandowdy? | Vegan bacon cheeseburger video


Have you ever made a pandowdy? I guess I may have made similar desserts but this was my first "official" pandowdy.


Crisps, Betties, crumbles, cobblers, and pandowdies are all various baked combinations of fruit, crusts and crumb toppings. A pandowdy is a deep dish baked pie-like dessert with a top crust that is broken up and pushed under the filling in places.



This one happened to be a cardamom-pear pandowdy that I tested for Laurie Sadowski's upcoming pie book.


So I guess you're wondering if it was good? Oh yeah!

You can find reviews of Laurie's bread book here and here, and more pie photos, here. All her recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-free.


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The Sweetest Vegan makes bacon cheeseburgers



The Sweetest Vegan, a vegan video blogger on Youtube, asked me to share her latest video with you. You can watch her make a vegan Bacon Double Cheeseburger. She says, "It's actually healthier than it sounds. I want as many vegans and non-vegans as possible to see this video so that people can see the hearty potential of a couple of plants."

If you find yourself craving an unhealthy sandwich, try the Sweetest Vegan's delicious-looking version instead. (If you click on "show more" below the video on youtube, you'll find the recipes for her bacon, burgers and cheese sauce.) So far the SV has 391 videos so you're sure to find one you like. I think she's pretty great. What do you think?

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28 comments:

  1. I have never made a pandowdy before, but yours looks good enough to convince me I need to, lol! My only exposure to pandowdy is the song "shoofly pie, and apple pandowdy...", which is now stuck in my head :-)

    Courtney

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    1. I'm pretty sure I'm glad I don't know that song or it would probably be stuck in my head, too. :)

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  2. I've made a grunt, cobbler and so forth, but not a pandowdy. Now I have to try this esp. because of the cardamom. I'm new here and really like your blog! So I'll be looking around now.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! I can't wait for Laurie's book to come out so her recipes will be available. I love the bread book!

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  3. ANDREA! Get out. This looks so good. Never heard of a pandowdy until two minutes ago, but now I want one - bad.

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    1. I had to google it when I got the recipe so I'd know what it was. I can't believe how flakey the crust is and how good the filling is.

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  4. Oh ugh, my pc keeps shutting down everytime I come to your beautiful page :( I've heard of pandowdies and crumbles and cobblers and crumbles. Pear and cardammom and crust mixed in?! Right on thet perfect book teaser.
    Dig the video. Anyone who gets their face drity with condiments and burps on camera is a friend of mine. Super cute.

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    1. Is my blog messing with your pc? Glad it finally let you see the pandowdy. It's as good as it looks! I'm glad you liked the video - the Sweetest Vegan is delivering the vegan message with great flair and humor.

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  5. I have never made a pandowdy, but having seen these pictures, I'm pretty sure I'd like to give it a go. Ditto the cheeseburger - what a combination!

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    1. I wish I could share the recipe but it's top secret until the book is published. The cheeseburger, on the other hand, is ready to go!

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  6. Never heard of a pandowdy before but it sure looks good! I would love a slice. :-) Love the bacon double cheeseburger too.

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    1. Lucky for me, I still have a small piece of pandowdy in the fridge. It was really delish. I haven't tried the cheeseburger but it sure looks good!

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  7. I love the word pandowdy. I just want to say it over and over: pandowdy pandowdy pandowdy.

    Looks marvelous! I am also working on a (pandowdy-less) pie book. I think pies are the new cupcakes! Think Laurie will trade me a copy of her book for one of mine when it's out? I don't know her-- but her pandowdy looks awesome. I can't stop saying pandowdy ;)

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    1. Is EVERYONE working on a pie book? There could be a hoard of sugar-charged recipe testers lurking in kitchens all over the world. Hannah Kaminsky is also working on a pie book and Ricki is testing all sorts of desserts for a book.

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  8. I've never heard of pandowdy until now, but it sounds fantastic! I was really hoping that the GMO labeling would pass. I hoped it would be a sign of things to come for the rest of our country. Sadly, no such luck.

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    1. I was sure the GMO labeling would pass — my son lives in San Francisco and he said it was expected to pass. Why wouldn't people want to know if their food was GMO? The power of money and advertising strikes again. I'm not surprised to see Silk on the wrong side of the chart, but I am surprised to see Lightlife. I'd forgotten about that. Sometimes I forget who owns these brands.

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  9. I normally don't eat vegan sweets, but this pandowdy looks pretty tempting. I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! You might be surprised to find that vegan sweets can taste pretty great.

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  10. i hadnt heard of of it before too. i am in love with this pie! its like pie season everywhere. i can feel the sugar high already.

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    1. I have a feeling this pie will be showing up at my house often. :)

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  11. It's true, I'm not particularly familiar with the homey charmer that is pandowdy, but it sure does look fantastic. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, that sounds like the epitome of winter comfort food!

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    1. You nailed it — the pandowdy was at its best served warm. And I'm sure a dab of ice cream would have perfectly complimented its charms. I have to say, though, that even cold, it's got a lot of charisma.

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  12. I have never had or made a pandowdy before. I believe that it's going to become my favorite word though. It's a funny word! It could be a funny insult - "my boss is such a pandowdy." Of course, if the person on the receiving end of the insult knows that a pandowdy is a delicious fruity dessert, then it wouldn't be much of an insult at all! :D

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    1. If the "insult" recipient is "flaky" or "crusty" it might be appropriate. :)

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  13. Nope, can't say I've made an official pandowdy before! Pear and cardamon sounds divine!

    I must check out that video when I'm not hungry. :-)

    I was disgusted and dismayed at the fate of Prop 37! What is wrong with people? Even if you don't care if you're eating GM food, why would you care if it's labeled? And if you're trying to convince everyone that GM foods are perfectly safe, then why refuse to label them as such? I think Michele Simon's article, Lies, Dirty Tricks, and $45 Million Kill GMO Labeling in California helps explain why a popular prop was defeated. I hadn't seen the lists, and was surprised by some of the companies who didn't support it (but not by sellouts like Silk and LightLife, which is owned by ConAgra!) Disgusting and despicable!

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    1. I hope you do check the video — it's a pleasure to watch even if you don't make the burgers!

      I share your dismay disgust at the defeat of prop 37. The thing wrong with people is that advertising works, and $45 million is a lot of money to spend on persuasive ads that confuse people about the facts with lies and misinformation.

      I have a hard time remembering which companies are owned by whom. We were buying Lightlife before it was bought out, and it's hard to keep track of all the companies that start out small and independent then get snapped up by conglomerates. Not to mention the subsidiaries with cute names that are not what they appear. I welcome big companies that choose to provide healthy alternatives to the usual junk they sell, but I can't support their efforts to undermine the quality of the food supply by interfering with things like truth-in-labeling. We intend to stop buying products whose manufacturers contributed to the defeat of prop 37. And tell them so.

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  14. I watched the video and it's really adorable. I love the ending, especially! I wonder how many people linger through what appears to be the end and see the REAL end! :-)

    Good for you on boycotting those companies and letting them know. I fear my choices here in things like almond milk, soy milk and tofu are so limited, but I'm going to make all the changes I can! And resume making a lot of our own soymilk (though who knows where the organic soy beans come from?!)

    On a happier note, I found two flavors of McDougall soup at our local Safeway today!!!! And I was delighted to find Wildwood tofu at the co-op in Billings on our last trip there. Man, that is just as good as everyone in California told me it was! Robyn will be going up there in a week or two, and I plan to have her get me some. At least I can find SOME Nasoya here, and often have the Good Health Emporium order me a case. If only tofu had a longer shelf-life!

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    1. I watched several of her videos and there's always an outtake ending that's very funny. Even if you miss the ending, though, she still has a lot of charm. :)

      We have Wildwood tofu here but it's so expensive that I usually pass it by and buy one of the local brands or House Foods. I should give Wildwood another try.

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