Combine flour with baking powder, salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.
Cut in shortening
with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add milk, mixing until
soft dough is formed.
Knead dough on lightly floured board 1 minute.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square pan.
Divide dough in half. Roll each half to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into two 5
x 5-inches. Place apple half on each square. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of
combined sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Moisten edges of dough and bring corners up
over apples, pressing edges together. Place in pan with joined edges on top.
Mix together brown sugar, margarine and salt; add water, stir and bring to a
Pour over dumplings in pan
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender.