2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
1/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
4 large baking apples

In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, and spices. Bring to a boil; simmer ten minutes. Add butter and remove from heat. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large baking casserole.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in shortening with two forks or a pastry blender. Add milk; blend well.

Divide pastry in half. Roll each half into a large square; divide each square into quarters. Peel and slice apples. Put slices of apple into each square. Bring corners of pastry together and pinch.

Place dumplings in casserole; pour syrup over them. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.