2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
Combine sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium saucepan.
Heat over medium heat until mixture becomes syrup, add butter.
Pare and core apples, cut into fourths.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder into bowl. Cut in shortening with
a pastry knife (or a regular table knife) until mixture becomes
crumbly. Add milk all at once and stir just until moistened.
Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough into 6 - 5 inch
squares. Arrange 4 pieces of apple on each square and sprinkle
with additional sugar, cinnamon. Fold corners to center of each
square and pinch edges together to seal dumplings (make sure they
are sealed tightly and no apple is sticking out!). Place dumplings
in buttered baking dish. Pour syrup over dumplings. Baste dumplings
with the syrup once or twice while baking.
Bake at 375F for 35 minutes.