Well, it's no secret that I'm better at cooking than at baking. Not that I can't bake, it's just that I don't get the same satisfaction out of it and so I don't get inspired to try it as often. I love savory, flavorful foods, while most baking is just one taste: sugar. However, I couldn't grow up with a father who worked for a time as french pastry chef and have "Becky Crocker" live with me for 3 months without baking every now and then. So, when I do bake, I usually go for flavorful renditions: Pumpkin Currant Cookies, Apple or Pear Crumble, etc.
A couple of weeks earlier, one of my students brought me a bag of apples she had picked at a local orchard. Wow - what a fabulous gift! (Now you all know how to get on my good side!) I needed to use them up, but we still had plenty of applesauce, so I decided to go for a seasonal, flavorful dish that would satisfy my rare urge to bake. I decided on Cranberry and Apple Pandowdy (recipe at www.everydayfood.com). It was so yummy. The pastry was not easy, but it was so flaky and delicious that I know it would make my Daddy proud. We did end up adding a little honey on top to serve because of the tartness, but it was definitely a fabulous dessert (not bad for breakfast either!).