To make pastry, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
Cut in shortening
until particles are about the size of small peas.
Sprinkle milk over mixture and
press together lightly, working dough only enough to hold together.
Roll dough as
for pastry and cut into 6 squares and place an apple on each. Fill cavity in apple
with sugar and cinnamon. Pat dough around apple to cover it completely. Fasten edges
securely on top of apple. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a greased baking pan.
Pour the sauce over them.
Sauce: Combine brown sugar, water and spices. Cook for 5 minutes; remove from
heat and add butter.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Baste occasionally