These are especially good made with black walnuts.
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
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 and walnuts 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.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes. Baste dumplings with the syrup once or twice while baking.