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Panade aux Pommes a Fall Dessert in Provence

We bike on the small roads outside of St Remy de Provence all summer and watch the season pass by the rhythm of the season fruit trees. In late September, the pears and apples are finally ready for harvest, and sometimes we even get a treat for all our hard peddling all year.
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Panade aux pommes Apples Provence

Panade aux Pommes a Fall Dessert

blankCarolyne Kauser-Abbott
This is not a classic American apple pie. The panade is a shallow pie dish filled with a mix of sweet and tart. This pie is low in sugar and a great balance of tart and sweet.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 people


  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar + a bit more
  • 7 Medium Apples golden are recommended
  • 1 Whole Organic Orange for its zest


To Make the Crust

  • Blend butter and sugar until well mixed
  • Add the flour and salt and combine well
  • Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes, while you are preparing the filling
  • Roll the dough out to about ⅛ inch in thickness
  • Cut a circle of dough to fill the bottom and the sides of a pie baking dish
  • Cut the rest of the dough in strips for the top of the pie

To make the Filling

  • Peel and grate the apples
  • Add the sugar and orange zest and mix well
  • Place the mixture in the pie dish on the pastry
  • Then arrange the dough strips artistically on the top
  • Bake for about 55 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, until the pie is golden brown
Keyword Apples, French Desserts, Tarts
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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