Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump

Apple Slump was a popular dessert in her day, and a favorite of the Alcott family. A slump is a baked or steamed homey, old-fashioned dessert with fruit on the bottom and a batter-based, cakey topping. It can be served with whipped cream or ice cream. The name "pan dowdy" has also been used for such a dessert.


8 servings

Filling Ingredients

6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Toss together apples, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Place in a buttered baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

To make topping: Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In separate bowl mix together egg, milk and butter. Add to dry flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Spread topping over apples.

Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Top with whipped cream if desired.

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