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Episode 3: Dirty Granny Pudding & PandaDoodles

Our first guest recipe! @Pandabelle was talking about making snickerdoodles, and was nice enough to send me a recipe for snickerdoodlin' "like a boss". I also included a recipe which should be familiar to anyone who's turned up at my house for a movie night/drink making experiment or been to a work bake sale I was involved in. Let's watch, shall we?


As is mentioned in the video, that snickerdoodle recipe makes HEAPS, so feel free to experiment. Considering how quick they are to make, what's to lose? I made play-doh -style tobes and created Snake-rdoodles. It was a thing.


Based on the binary nature of this episode, I broke from my covers theme and did two distinct kinds of music, imagining that there was an old lady and an indie kid on a long car ride, fighting over the radio, but coming to an agreement by the end.

The Puppini Sisters - "Walk Like An Egyptian", "Crazy In Love" (from "The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo", 2007) and "Heart of Glass" (from "Betcha Bottom Dollar", 2006)

The Puppini Sisters are a 1940s close-harmony singing group who cover songs from all times. Their live show contains up to 30 costume changes, and one of the Sisters used to work for Vera Wang. So they've got pedigree, plus are awesome.

Pomplamoose - "Mister Sandman", "Single Ladies" (from "Tribute to Famous People", 2009)

Pomplamoose got my attention shortly after Michael Jackson died when their VideoSong version of Beat It was doing the rounds of & Youtube. Their VideoSong idea intrigued me, the idea that every sound you heard was real, and they had cut the video to show it. Both Jack Conte (multi-instrumentalist) and Nataly Dawn (vocals, bass) are musicians i their own right, but put together, they're astonishing.

Guest playlist by @Pandabelle:

A.C. Newman - "The Town Halo" (from "The Slow Wonder", 2004)

Architecture In Helsinki - "Heart It Races" (from "Places Like This", 2007)

Well, I say guest playlist, but what really happened is thus: I got the idea to do an Indieish couple of songs to counterpoint the old-timey Puppini Sisters and Pomplamoose. I thought, "Hang on, Pandabelle likes indie tunes. I'll just stalk her on her various social networks." So I came away with many bands I was unaware of and a few I had on the harddrive. I chose them, started rendering, then she gave feedback with other songs. OH NOES! But it's cool. She has approved the choices. I had A.C. Newman because I love the New Pornographers, of which he is a member, and I had the Architecture In Helsinki tune off a CD I got from buying The Word Magazine. 


So in the video, I make the desserts simultaneously, but for ease of repition, I'll split the recipe here. It was actually really easy to do them both at once. You just need a lot of bowls.



Dirty Granny Pudding:


  • Preheat oven to 180.
  • Peel, slice, and core your apples in any method you see fit. I like the V-Slicer, because it's fast and it makes it really thin. Does that make me a sociopath?
  • Put your apple slices in a bowl and dust liberally with vanillin sugar and cinnamon. Pour over a generous splash of spiced rum, amaretto, schnapps or other fragrant booze. Cover the bowl with Gladwrap and set aside.
  • In one bowl (let us call it The Dry Bowl), combine:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup caster sugar
    • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • In a second bowl (let us call this the Not-As-Dry-As-The-Dry-Bowl-Bowl), beat together 1 cup sour cream & 2 eggs until smooth.
  • Pour the contents of the Dry Bowl into the Not-As-Dry-As-The-Dry-Bowl-Bowl and mix.
  • Grease a dish that can withstand the heat of your oven.
  • Pour in half the batter, than scatter over half your drunken Granny slices. 
  • Add the rest of the batter, top with the rest of the Granny slices, some slivered almonds, and more cinnamon and vanillin sugar.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. When done, test the middle with a skewer. If it comes out clean, you're homefree. Cut up, serve with custard, seize and consume!




  • Preheat over to 180.
  • Beat together 1 cup room-temperature butter, 2 eggs and 1.5 cups of sugar in a bowl.
  • Add 2 3/4 cups flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking soda and mix again (carefully. This sumbish comes back atcha)
  • Chill dough and ungreased cookie sheet/tray in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Do a little dance while you wait. Tra-la-la.
  • Mix together 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon on a plate or shallow bowl. Or on the counter. Whatever.
  • Scoop out bits of dough and make into planetoids 2cm across. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them on the cookie sheet. Make sure there's space, they'll spread out.
  • Bake for 11 minutes (or until cinnamon on edges goes dark)
  • Once done, remove from tray, seize, and consume!


Reader Comments (4)


October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMei

It's on the list! It's been too hot for chilli lately.

November 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterLucas

Snickerdoodles never go out of style. They are a taste of childhood that always brings a smile to any face at any age. ;)

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Jung

LOL - I hadn't intended to watch the whole video, but it sucked me in. Love both recipes, especially the Dirty Granny Pudding. Also loved the background music - I have never geard these versions before.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCakelaw

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