Yield
10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 25 ounces (about 1/2 cup) flour, apple, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl, tossing well. Spoon into a large cast-iron Dutch oven. Add 1/2 cup water.

Step 3

Combine remaining 5 ounces (about 1 cup) flour, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; cut in 1/4 cup butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; stir until just moist. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls over apple mixture. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until bubbly and browned. Serve warm.

Chef's Notes

For a small gathering, halve the recipe and bake in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet.

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